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Clayton County veterans saluted

Monday we paused with the rest of the community to recognize our military veterans and thank them for their service.

According to the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, there are more than 23 million living veterans in the United States.

It is estimated there are more than 775,000 veterans in Georgia.

We agree with the words of Pete Wheeler, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Veterans Service, who said, “As we once again observe Veterans Day in the United States of America, we honor these brave men and women, each of whom swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution and laws of this great nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Let us never forget the blank check each of them wrote to us, at the value of their lives, in service to our nation. Many have suffered the shock and pain of combat. Some have become disabled for life; many have made the ultimate sacrifice. All who served have given up some of the best years of their life.”

We honor the service of our sons, daughters, husbands, father, mothers, family and friends who have proudly served our community and our nation.

It is largely because of their sacrifices serving their country in the armed forces we enjoy living in an open and free society.

Veterans Day marks the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, that signified the end of World War I.

Originally, the day was called Armistice Day in honor of the cessation of hostilities.

We hope our many readers took the time to remember those friends and family members who have given their lives in warfare and seized the opportunity to call or visit those living veterans you know and let them know how appreciative you are for their years of service and devotion.

However, those words of appreciation and endearment do not have to be shared just one day a year. A simple “thank you for your service,” is always apropos.

Veterans are men and women of valor who willingly gave their time and talent, while some of their comrades in arms even gave their lives for the safety and security of others.

Our veterans should be held up as role models and heroes for our young people.

It was encouraging to see local schools and churches honoring the veterans of the community.

Parents, educators, business professionals and community and religious leaders did the right thing by sponsoring events, providing luncheons, holding parades, holding special services and bowing for payers in Veterans Day observances.

We salute the veterans of Henry County and thank you for your service.

— Editor Jim Zachary