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Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 5:32 pm

The Veterans Day programs in this area were many, especially at schools, and those who served in the military, and are serving now, certainly are appreciative. We heard one veteran make this remark: “Why didn’t they do this 50 and 60 years ago?”

He was referring to an era when Veterans Day was not observed as widely as it is today. In fact, during the Vietnam War, mainly because of an unfair draft of young men, those in the military were treated with disrespect. Not every American felt that way, but, as usual, the vocal ones were the ones who were the loudest. Also 60 years ago when the veterans were returning from the Korean War they were ignored except by their own families, who welcomed them home.

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