Editorial: Veterans Day — Such is war. Its cost is borne by many, who are often remembered by few.
America’s soldiers face deadly fire overseas — whether in fierce battles or from the wearing grind of sniper attacks, booby traps and suicide bombings. With the example of their risks and sacrifices, Veterans Day rings a little louder in the heart.
On Monday, Nov. 11, the town will honor Veterans Day at 11 a.m. in the Veterans’ Memorial Circle at Town Hall.
The day’s meaning, though, is as it has always been: A time to honor all veterans — so many of them now nameless, faceless.
We honor veterans for their service. We honor all of them for their sacrifices. We remember the iconic vets who won World War II, fighting in Europe, or the Pacific. We salute those who fought in Korea, and the long tumultuous jungle war of Vietnam.
We honor, too, the desert fighters of the first Iraq War as well as those who have served in the more recent war in Iraq and the ongoing war in Afghanistan. And the veterans of lesser known conflicts — the invasions of Grenada, and Panama, the flyers who enforced the no-flight zone protecting the Kurds — all did as they asked, at risk of life and limb.
Some argue that Veterans Day should be a school holiday. Darien debated it several years ago but opted to keep children in school that day. Next week, schools will be observing Veterans Day by honoring veterans.
Their families find themselves struggling to fill emotional voids, sometimes struggling to fill daily human needs.
Such is war. Its cost is borne by many, who are often remembered by few.
Veterans Day is a time, simply, to stand in quiet admiration of the everyday people — postmen and farmers, salesmen and waitresses — who responded to their nation’s call by offering every last thing they had to give, their futures, their dreams, their lives.