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Stop and say ‘thanks’ even after Veterans Day

Posted: November 13, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 13, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Citizens of Santa Clarita Valley,

“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.”

These are heroic words. Do you know someone who has taken this oath? Many thousands of men and women, including citizens of the Santa Clarita Valley, have spoken these words as our active and veteran military.

We are honored to have among us veterans going back to World War II as well as those currently serving — many of whom have served in one or more deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and other places worldwide.

Thanks to these brave and selfless men and women who protect and defend our country, we are able to live our lives with the freedoms we all expect, enjoy and all too often even take for granted.

These fine citizens serve and sacrifice, their families standing beside them while so often across the miles.

Please take the time to say “thank you” to someone who has taken this oath. They are America’s veterans and military, more than 25 million living.

They never ask for our recognition or gratitude, yet they deserve our appreciation every day.

Please reflect back over the years and ask yourself who in this community, in your life, has served, and how you might affect their lives by saying these two simple words, “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 who are our heroes, our current and veteran military, we want to say “thank you, veterans!”

Supporting and honoring those who serve and have served,

Blue Star Mothers of the Canyons, Chapter 82, and friends:

Karianne Dauer-Hewitt, president, and family; Debi Duke, vice president, proud Army daughter and Army mom and family; Patti Rowe, proud Army mom; the Lough family; Tina Sackrider, secretary, proud Army and Marine mom; chapter members and friends; Kathy and Capt. Ed Colley (USAF Retired), proud parents of Stephen Colley, PFC, Army, deceased, CPT Alan and CPT Marcela Colley (U.S. Army); Spc. Carolyn Colley (USAF, disabled vet); James and Matthew Colley; Bob and Kay Slocum, proud parents of LCpl Ricky Slocum/USMC KIA OIF; Bob & Kitty Conant, proud parents of three Army veterans; Penny Harnish, Rita Harnish

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