To the editor:
Many ordinary citizens from our community have responded to the extraordinary call to serve and have returned as heroes. Their stories vary greatly, from those who served alongside their comrades in battle and returned with military awards including the Purple Heart medal and Bronze Star, to those with the experience of being held by the enemy as a prisoner of war. Other veterans will recollect less hostile periods of service during peacetime, but they also understand the experiences unique to those who have served in the Armed Forces, like close camaraderie and selfless commitment to others.
Feb. 13-19 is National Salute to Veterans Week. This is a great time to acknowledge veterans who have served our country. One way that you can do this is to visit veterans in hospitals, nursing homes or assisted living centers. Do not miss out on the opportunity to meet some remarkable individuals and, if given the privilege, to hear the stories they have to share. Make time this week to salute our local heroes by thanking them for the price they have paid for the freedoms that we enjoy each day.
Serving America's Finest,
Lyon County Veteran Service Officer