Current, former military service members deserve appreciation

Editorial – With Veterans Day approaching soon on Nov. 11, we at The Echo find it important to stop and truly appreciate veterans of the American military and thank them for what they have done for our country.

Veterans Day is celebrated on Nov. 11 because it is the anniversary of the end of World War I.

This day is meant for thanking veterans for their service and showing them we truly appreciate the sacrifices they made for us.

Where would we be without the people who made these sacrifices to keep us safe and free? These people are the reason we get to enjoy the freedoms we have day in and day out.

People who have laid down their lives for our country deserve much more than one single day devoted to them. They deserve continuous thanks for the liberties we are able to enjoy today and everyday because of their service in the military. However, taking the time to show appreciation on Veterans Day is a good start. Chattanooga will have a Veterans Day Ceremony at the national cemetery. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. with a music prelude. It will feature a traditional honor guard ceremony with a 21-gun salute.

Sport red, white and blue at this event to support the veterans who gave everything to give us a safe country to call our home.

Additionally, the Third Annual Veterans Day 5K: Red, White, and Blue 5K Color Run hosted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Student Veterans Organization will take place Nov. 15 at noon and start at the Aquatic Recreation Center. This is another way to honor these brave men and women.

On any day of the year if you see someone wearing a military hat or shirt, thank them for the commitment they made to the United States. They have contributed and are still contributing greatly to our freedoms and our daily lives.

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