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To the Editor: Monday, Nov. 11 is Veteran's Day, a day that is near and dear to me. The son of a veteran, sibling to veterans, married to a veteran and being a veteran myself I'm often asked about veteran issues.

Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the flag is flown at half-mast.

Originated as "Armistice Day" on Nov.11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I, Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday in 1938.

We honor our veterans because they risked their lives to we could live in a better country. Throughout our history, we have depended on our soldiers to keep our country safe and free. They sacrificed time away from families, often were put in harm's way, and some made the ultimate sacrifice.

What can all of us do to celebrate and honor our veterans this Veteran's Day?

• Attend a Veteran's Day event (events will be held at the courthouse and the Kerens Veterans Memorial)

• Ask a veteran about their time in the military.

• Fly a flag in your yard.

I'm grateful to belong to a community that honors our veterans like when Navarro College recognized veterans at a football game. Thank you to all our veterans for their service. Lest we forget.

Will Thompson

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