The Noble and the Brave
November 11th was officially declared a national holiday in 1919 by former President Woodrow Wilson. This day is referred to as Veteran’s Day in the United States. A significant amount of Americans mistakenly believe that Veteran’s Day is in honor of all who have perished during a battle or war. It actually honors all personnel who ever had an active military status. According to MerriamWebster Dictionary, “A veteran is someone who fought in a war as a
soldier, sailor, etc.” However, this definition is not close to describing the heroism of these veterans, who lay down their lives for American freedom. Jeff Miller once said, “The willingness of America's veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. On Veteran’s Day, we gather to honor those who have served our country, whether it was five years ago, or fifty. Whether they served in the Persian Gulf, or Bosnia, we gather to revere them and give them the respect and the thanks that they deserve. We thank them for protecting us from those who mean to do us harm. After all they have done for us, medals seem insufficient. All veterans deserve to be recognized for their valiant actions.
Veterans, who have served in wars, such as Vietnam, the Korean Expedition, and most recently, the war in Iraq, had to spend months at a time, not only away from their family, but also in very dangerous battle zones.
In 2010, Sergeant Salvatore A. Giunta sprinted through heavy fire to get his squad leader to safety in Afghanistan. He fired at the enemy while running straight through their lines. Like this, they had to be willing to compromise their lives in order to save a fellow soldier ...
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