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Our nation has been blessed by the “Greatest Generation” — those soldiers who helped preserve freedom and democracy during the dark days of World War II.
We have also been inspired by the courage shown in Korea and Vietnam.
Today, we are girded by the devotion of an all-volunteer military that is seeking to prevent terrorism from undermining the free world.
The contention here is that today’s soldiers are making their own mark, yet sadly, their dedication and accomplishments are hovering just below the national radar.
Many of today’s soldiers have seen repeated tours of duty in both the Iraq and Afghanistan war zones during the last seven years. Many of these tours are long, arduous and dangerous. And it isn’t just the soldiers who are impacted ­— their families are also making significant sacrifices.
Like it or not, the world remains a dangerous place. Regardless of your political perspective, there are many threats to freedom loving peoples.
This newspaper wishes to recognize and pay homage to all veterans, whether they served in war or peacetime. Your sacrifices are cherished. As journalists, we understand first hand how privileged we are to exercise the First Amendment. But we do so thanks only to the sacrifices of those who have put their lives on the line in the name of freedom. We owe a debt of gratitude to our military that we can never repay.
So on this Veterans Day, we wish to say “thank you” to all who have worn the uniform.
It has been said, “It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.”
May we never know what it is to see liberty lost.
— Charles McClure
Editor, Lake Travis View


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