Special section coming in November will honor veterans
Freedom is not free. We in America enjoy our freedom thanks to the sacrifices made by our veterans. They are the heroes we overlook too often and fail to properly thank.
There are an estimated 20 million veterans in America today, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The largest group of veterans, over 7.2 million, are from the Gulf War Era. We have about 1.5 million who served during the Korean Conflict and over 6.6 million who served during the Vietnam War. We are also honored to have 624,000 veterans of World War II still with us.
These men and women, along with so many who have served during peace time and other conflicts, have given so much of themselves for each of us. As a result of their sacrifices we can still say we live in the land of the free.
This Veterans Day, Nov. 11, we are going to do something special. We will publish a list of veterans, photos and service branches and dates, but we are going to add a number of feature stories on different veterans from the different eras.
To find these amazing men and women and tell their stories, we need your help.
The veterans we profile will come from your suggestions. To accomplish this we want to get an early start by encouraging you to visit www.starherald.com/honoring_our_veterans and nominate a veteran you know, or it could be yourself. It is a way to honor that veteran by telling their story, and to inform those who have not served what it has taken for them to enjoy their freedoms.
We want to feature at least one soldier from each of the different eras (example: World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam, Gulf Wars, etc.). These veterans must still be living, because we would like to interview them to tell their story.
You can suggest a veteran on the website now and there is no cost to suggest a veteran. If we choose that person, there will be no cost for the feature story.
Story ideas could be more than an individual soldier. It could be a family who has a long line of warriors, etc.
We will take suggestions online from now through Sept. 7. After that, we will still take submissions for our online veterans photo gallery and we showcase individual veterans, those who are alive and those who have died as we have in the past, however the feature stories will come from those submitted at www.starherald.com/honoring_our_veterans through Sept. 7.
These stories will be part of a very special and expanded Veterans Day section in our Nov. 11 newspaper. It will be a section featuring many of our local heroes, the men and women who have given of themselves so we can continue to enjoy the freedoms we have in this great country.
It is these heroes we want to honor and we need your help. Please visit nominate a veteran today.