MSU closed Nov. 12 in honor of Veterans Day
Veterans Day is a day to remember the daily sacrifices that our men and women in uniform perform each and every day so that we can have the freedoms that we enjoy. Born of their extraordinary accomplishments comes our extraordinary debt. And for those accomplishments and for their dedication, we must always be grateful.
While fewer than 10 percent of Americans can claim the honorable title "U.S. military veteran," this special group often provides the vital services that enable our communities to function. Everyone knows a veteran; a father, mother, brother, sister, aunt, uncle or cousin. That person made a conscious decision to give the United States a blank check to be written for the cost of freedom up to and including his/her life. And itís important to remember not only the price that is paid by so many veterans to maintain our freedom - but the price paid by their heartbroken families as well.
We must heed the words of our first Commander-in-Chief, General George Washington who said in 1798, "The willingness with which our young people will fight in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their country." So especially on Veterans Day, but every day we should say "Thank You" to the veterans that have allowed us to continue the life that we too often take for granted.