To the editor:

I am sure that most of the citizens in our community have or have had a military veteran in their family or know of someone who is a veteran.

And, as many of you know, Veterans Day is on Nov. 11.

This is the day that our nation honors all the men and women who have served and are currently serving in the military for the United States of America.

Like Memorial Day, which honors all Americans who have died in all wars, Veterans Day is a day to give thanks and to honor all who have served. Our thoughts and prayers go out to loved ones who are overseas, stationed on bases in other countries and in harm’s way.

To those who are from military families, Veterans Day means much, much more. It hits close to home as service personnel are stationed away from their families and often in places where military conflicts are occurring.

They know what it means to have a family member serve in the military, far from loved ones, deployed for long periods of time, lacking the comforts of home and standing fast against every threat to our country’s freedom.

This sacrifice not only puts a burden on the veteran but on the family as well.

So when we remember our military personnel on Veterans Day, please also remember the families that are hoping and praying for the safe return of their loved ones. Having one day set aside to remember our veterans and honor their sacrifices to keep us free is indeed special. Remembering them all year long, each and every year, makes their sacrifices even more important.

Noted news reporter and Peabody Award recipient Elmer Davis once wrote, “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”

It is safe to say that we are the land of the free because of the brave. And that is what all veterans are, brave men and women who have served our country in times of war and peace. Remembering veterans honors their service and the sacrifices they made so all Americans can remain free.

I hope that every one of you have had the opportunity to stop and reflect on the meaning of the sacrifice of these courageous men and women.

They should be honored and thanked by all of us. We must never take for granted what they do. Remembering those who served and honoring those who now serve is what Veterans Day is all about.

Steve Harmon