Guest Editorial - Veteran's Day

  • Written by Pedro Agapay

I would like to take a few moments to honor our military veterans from this great community.

Veterans Day is upon us and it continues to be a great day to honor our men and women who have served and continue to serve. They have served both here and abroad in many different functions and with many other service members from across the U.S.

Our veterans endured months of training, long deployments, and extended time away from families. Their sacrifices are unlike any other and we appreciate our veterans for it. Thank you veterans for your service.

Last year, many of our servicemen and women from this community helped close a chapter in America’s history. Our soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines transitioned from Iraq and concluded eight years of combat and stability operations.

Our servicemen and women accomplished the mission and crossed into Kuwait prior to the December 31, 2011, deadline. Iraq is a different country today, and many of our veterans were a part of making it a different place.

Your work will not be forgotten.

Someone quoted the phrase that “the future is unknown and unknowable.” This phrase rings true as the United States and the rest of the world move deeper into the 21st century.

Although another election is upon us, the war in Afghanistan is scheduled to end, and the world continues to change. The United States will continue to be the greatest country in the world because of our brave servicemen and women who have fought to protect it. Servicemen and women from our great community will continue to fight to keep our freedoms alive.

This Veterans Day, please take a moment to thank a veteran with a simple handshake, a prayer, or even a simple thank you.

Thank you again my fellow and former servicemen and women for you are what makes America great.

Pedro Agapay is a soldier in the US Army and is a graduate of Woodinville High School, University of Washington, and Webster University. He has two combat deployments, served in a variety of leadership and staff positions and is currently attending the Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

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