Thank a vet today

| Saturday, April 20, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Last year was an interesting Veterans Day: As usual, those of us old enough to remember honoring Armistice Day celebrated “the 11th month, the 11th day and the 11th hour,” but it was also the 11th year!

This Veterans Day, as always, is a great time to thank a veteran for his or her service to our country.

Veterans are everywhere. Vets from World War II are dying off by the hundreds every day. Look around and find someone to thank for what he or she did to let you live in peace and liberty.

I like the hats that veterans wear these days. It used to be that many would not (or could not) speak about their service for Uncle Sam — even after 30 years, the emotional wounds were still too fresh to bring themselves to talk about it. Others simply felt they had just done their duty like everybody else.

Today, thousands of veterans are willing to wear a “World War II veteran” or “Vietnam vet” hat to let others know they served. Those hats make it much easier to talk with a serviceman or woman and thank him or her for helping to keep us safe.

Veterans sacrificed much. Surely we can take a precious moment to thank them.

Dan Manka

Fairmont, W.Va.

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