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Honor Our Veterans On Their Day

With Veteransí Day coming up next Wednesday, now is a good time to take a look at some of wars and conflicts this nation has been involved in over the past years. Up until the late 1980ís most of our wars were called just that, but here of late different names have been attached to them.

Way back when, most wars were usually named for the adversaries. Spanish American War, Mexican American War, Franco Prussian War. Most everyone in this country was involved in one way or the other in World War I or World War II.

We called our intramural war the Civil War, the War Between the States, or the War of Northern Aggression, depending on oneís point of view and geographical location. Then there was the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

The United States launched Operation Just Cause in 1989 and it was the first war that comes to mind that was named by the public relations guys. In Panama it was referred to as The Invasion and was our attack on Panama to remove Noriega from power. Maybe it was not really a war after all.

In the early 1990ís Desert Shield morphed into Desert Storm when former President George Bush sent troops to Iran to force Saddamís troops back into their own country, Iraq. Some say President Bush and the military leaders should have gone into Iraq back then and removed Saddam from power. At the time our nation saved Iran from a hostile takeover, but we were in a no win situation as to whether or not to remove Saddam from power in Iraq. It was one of those dang if you do and dang if you donít deals.

The present conflict we are engaged in was first called the war to remove the Taliban and was named Operation Enduring Freedom in an area of our world that has never really enjoyed the fruit of freedom. This war was prompted as you know by the events that occurred in our nation on September 11, 2001.

What we are presently involved in eight years after 9-11 is very accurately called the War on Terrorism. We must fight the terrorist abroad on their own soil in order to hopefully prevent another 9-11 from happening in this nation. Whether we all agree that we should be in Iraq or Afghanistan at this time is irrelevant. The fact is our troops are there and we must not pull out until some sort of victory is achieved. It is a very difficult war.

Most of you reading this column today probably have never experienced combat. Many of us have served our country but thank goodness have never had to dodge real bullets or face the type enemy our men and women in the Middle East are facing today. The War on Terrorism is a terrible war but one that we cannot afford to lose.

When our relatives returned home from Europe and the Pacific after World War II they did not care to talk about the war. Even more so, when our troops returned home from Vietnam they surely didnít want to talk about that war, and many still donít want to talk about it today.

Over the years we have had many brave men and women die on foreign soil to protect us at home and to keep us free. We have had many others who are scarred and crippled for life fighting an enemy who sees war and death as grand adventures.

As we celebrate Veteransí Day next Wednesday may I encourage you to participate in the ceremonies planned for your community to honor our men and women who served. Better still, call the veterans you know and thank them for their service to this great nation.

 
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