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Honoring veterans

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank Dick Merritt for all his work in putting together a wonderful ceremony for the 233rd birthday of the Marine Corps, as well as a moving Veterans Day ceremony. I’m sure many others were involved, and though I don’t know their names I would like to extend my gratitude to everyone involved. Also the Elks Lodge in Aspen provided us with a great lunch. Thank you to everyone at the Elks Lodge, as well.

The battles we fight in war do not end in foreign lands. According to the Veterans Administration on average 126 veterans commit suicide every week. One out of every three persons who are homeless has at one point in their lives worn a military uniform. Many veterans need substantial help, not just on Nov. 11, but all year-round.

George Washington said that “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.” The strength, dignity and moral fortitude of our nation depends on how we care for veterans because these men and woman are the source of America’s strength, dignity and morality. We veterans appreciate our day, but let us as citizens not forget

that many of our men and women who served this nation need help every day.

Lang Ingram


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