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Thank a veteran

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Did you worry about what you were going to do today when you woke up?

Not likely ... and the reason for that is you have freedom.

You are free to worship wherever you please, and you are speaking English ... this is because of people who wear the uniform.

They are the best America has to offer.

My dad, Edwin Buchholz, a World War II veteran, was in the United States Army and participated in the Normandy Invasion, Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, but you know that.

The sacrifices of men like my dad ... those who were the "Greatest Generation," will never be forgotten ... if I can help it.

What you may not know is that Indiana is the 16th largest state in the Union ... and is second only to Washington, D.C., in memorializing our military.

Visit the Indiana War Memorial on North Meridian Street in Indianapolis sometime ... a tour by Executive Director Brigadier General USAF (Ret.) J. Stewart Goodwin will open your eyes in a big way.

The information you will take away from there will certainly outweigh what the Kardashians are doing this week.

It's sad that reality shows get more press than our military. Fighting a war ... now, that's reality.

You want more reality? Visit any Veteran's Hospital where so many of our wounded are sent to recover and heal.

We can never repay our soldiers, but we can honor them and thank them. If you talk to a soldier they answer with the same mantra, "I was just doing what I was told to do."

Talk to a veteran ... ask them their story; they all have one.

Also, there are second generation soldiers like John Mace, a retired farmer who was in the U.S. Army in World War II ... and his son Mike Mace, who was in the U.S. Army, Vietnam.

Two totally different wars, two totally different stories. Both worth hearing.

Heroes are not necessarily football players or actors. Heroes are our soldiers.

Our great country is protected not by politicians, but the young men and women in the military serving their country.

Veteran's Day is Friday, Nov. 11, 2011. It's a day to honor our military veterans.

Have you thanked a Veteran today?