Voice of the People
May God forever bless our veterans
Veterans Day is a very special day of the year, when we Americans honor the lives, full of sacrifices, of veterans and their families.
It is also a day of bittersweet memories, when families and friends remember, with deep emotion, those brave soldiers who left their beloved country to fight for freedom and protect the security and safety of America and the world.
A day to remember those very patriotic men and women, once full of health and dreams, whose lives were either extinguished or show mental and/or physical health permanently stolen, while serving their country in the fight for liberty, equality and human rights.
A day when many a family will be deprived of the spiritual comfort of carrying flowers and prayers to the gravesite of their loved one, who remains missing in action and was never returned home to rest.
A day of joy and blessings, when veterans and their families celebrate the miracle of those veterans who returned home unharmed.
A day when many daughters and sons of veterans remember growing up without a parent to go hunting or fishing, or to help with school homework, or to hold the arm of the bride at her wedding, or to share Thanksgiving and many other heartfelt holidays.
A day to remember that, thanks to our veterans, America remains today, after many extraordinary and most difficult and perilous hurdles and challenges, the number one country in the world and a beacon of hope for freedom for all.
May God Almighty, today and ever, bless America, our home sweet home, and veterans and their families.
Dr. Frank Rivas