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Nov. 11 set aside to honor veterans

With Veterans Day being observed nationwide Monday, Nov. 11, nothing sums up its significance better than the ceremonies that will take place locally commemorating the holiday and the importance of those who served.

Veterans Day is a time to honor not just those who have fought for us in battle, but, in fact, all of the outstanding men and women who served in our nation’s Armed Forces since our founding more than 237 years ago.

Not all veterans have seen war, but a common bond that they share is an oath in which they expressed their willingness to die defending this nation. These traits come from the heart and are obvious when you see any group of veterans hanging out.

As a way of expressing gratitude, special programs will be planned to celebrate the basic freedom all of us are enjoying as a result of veterans’ efforts to preserve and protect.

There will be plenty of camaraderie at the West Fargo VFW Post Monday during their annual observance that honors all veterans for their patriotism, service and sacrifice to the country; as well as for their ongoing commitment after their service years have concluded.

Stopping in and visiting with a veteran and acknowledging their contributions would be an excellent way to start your week and observe this extremely meaningful day.