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Posted: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 2:52 pm | Updated: 1:52 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

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VETERANS DAY

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Honor should come every day

As a proud Desert Storm veteran who is preparing for Veterans Day, I find it tragic that so many of my fellow Americans view Nov. 11 as just another day off work.

With wars on two fronts - and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' workload topping 1 million claims - it's time for all Americans to remember the true meaning of Veterans Day.

Call one of our local Veterans of Foreign Wars posts to take part in our ceremonies. And as we near the holidays, please keep our deployed troops and their families in your prayers. Send a care package or donate to a program that supports our troops and veterans, such as VFW Operation Uplink, www.operationuplink.org.

Always remember those who have fought for your freedom!

DWAYNE BARBER

MESA

Stand up for our troops

World War II just ended. It was announced on our home radio. Immediately, the station played "The Star-Spangled Banner." My dad, who was sitting in his favorite chair, stood. I stood following him. He cried. I did not know why.

Today, I know why.

Today, I stand when the stars and stripes goes by. This is to say, that I do not sit. I get on my feet. My dad stood. So I stood. There are times in life when the act of getting on one's feet simply speaks a thousand words without a word spoken.

When we stand, we are taking a stand.

In our church group, we have attendees from Montana, California, Florida, Colorado, Oregon, Arizona and New Jersey, but we do not see each other. We attend by the use of a conference telephone line. There are three times during our church service when we sing.

This is a time, even when we are separated by the full breadth and height of our country, that we can express a sense of unity even though we do not see one another. I cannot see the others, but for sure, I stand when I sing. If my son sees me stand in such an instance, I hope he feels what I felt when my dad stood - commitment.

"United we stand." That three-word sentence has been used by groups throughout the world. No matter how you say it, in what language, it always means the same thing. "I will not sit when I can stand for what I believe."

There is a western song with the lyrics, "If you do not stand for something; you will fall for anything." Ironically, the easiest way to be uninterested, side-tracked, deluded, to fall, is to sit.

Some time on Veterans Day, let's each, when we could sit, find a reason to stand for a minute in honor of our veterans.

When others see us stand and ask why, let us say that we are standing for our country and in respect for every woman and man who has served in our armed forces. And then, let us boldly, and with respect, invite those who have asked us, to stand with us.

United we stand. Our country needs this sense of unification.

LEO CROCKER ROGERS

MESA

Time to remember their service

Not many join the military to receive praise from the American population. We joined in order to stand up for what we believe in. We joined because it is a good job with great benefits. We joined because our fathers joined before us and fulfilled their duty as an American.

In the process, our veterans have paved the way to create America as a beacon of freedom. Veterans Day is instrumental for teaching younger generations about the sacrifices, pride, and selflessness displayed by American veterans.

Everyone should look back on history and think about how important our service has been for this country.

We also need to remember that there are many more soldiers heading over to Iraq and Afghanistan every day, and they need our help and support.

They need our support while they are deployed and our help when they return home to their families.

WILLIAM PETTY

MESA

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