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Thank you, veterans

November 11, 2011
The Daily Mining Gazette

Today, some of the most important people in our nation's history have a special day in their honor. It is Veteran's Day.

The observance should give us all the urging to stop what we are doing for at least a few minutes and consider their sacrifices. Those sacrifices, after all, have paved the way for us to enjoy the lives we are living.

We hope that the residents of the Copper Country recognize our unique place in the state when it comes to veterans. Brave young men and women from our community have enlisted and are serving right now in Afghanistan and Iraq.

In addition, we have a proud past of service to the military in every other war this country has fought.

Far too often, our veterans' place in the community is forgotten and/or neglected. We are hoping that can be changed, and that the veterans of the Copper Country are in your thoughts today.

They are brave people who served their country well and could use some more community support.

Lastly, we're hoping you can take some time to learn about the men and women who are serving their country today. Amazing, sad and disturbing documentaries can be found chronicling their lives and their struggles upon returning home, and we'd hope you could set aside some time to watch some of these.

Consider viewing "Restrepo," "The Tillman Story," "The Wounded Platoon" or the documentary featuring three Copper Country soldiers, "Where Soldiers Come From," all airing by the PBS programs Frontline and Point of View. None of these films is easy to watch, but all provide a glimpse into what our soldiers face here and there.



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