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Thank you to those who serve

Posted: November 10, 2010 5:21 p.m.
Updated: November 11, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 

The Santa Clarita Valley is home to more than 9,500 active and veteran military personnel. Those who have served this great nation have done so in times of peace and in times of war.

They protect and defend our country and allow us to live our lives with the freedoms we all expect, enjoy and all too often take for granted — we can live the American dream thanks to these brave men and women.

They are America’s veterans and military, more than 25 million living.

It is with great hope and pride that they serve and sacrifice, not asking for acknowledgement or gratitude.

Their families stand beside them. Across the nation, our communities rally behind them by flying our flags, displaying yellow ribbons, contributing goods and funds so that the organizations sending care packages overseas and attending to our VA Hospitals and homes may continue to touch our military and veterans’ lives. 

The SCV is exemplary in these acts of support, but we can do more.

Throughout the year — and especially today, Veterans Day — please take the time to say “Thank you” to someone who has taken this oath:

“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

Please reflect back over the years and ask yourself who in this community has served, and how you might affect their lives by saying this simple phrase, “Thank you.”

We can all say these words with pride because it is due to their sacrifice that we are allowed to speak freely and say something so simple that would affect someone’s life so greatly.

In honor of all of you this Veteran’s Day, we say, “Thank you, veterans!”

Pattie Rowe, president; Debi Duke, co-president; Cindy P.; JP and Marci P.; Sue Hand, Amber Roberts, and Anthony Gianforte; Ballard and Christi Larsen, proud Gold Star Parents of Pfc. Cole William Larsen; Vickie J.; Whitney, Mike, Michael, Jr., Matthew and Christopher Solerno; Capt. Ed and Kathy Colley, proud Gold Star Parents of Pfc. Stephen Colley, Capt. Alan Colley, Capt. Marcela Colley and Senior Airman Carolyn Colley; Bob and Kay Slocum, Proud Gold Star Parents of Lance Cpl. Ricky Slocum; Bob and Kitty Conant, proud Gold Star Parents; Wendy Schultz; Lori Anderson; and Kymmer Crookston

 

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