I’m sorry but I didn’t make the newspaper deadline in time to have this in the paper by Nov. 11. Now that the election is over, I hope the now President can bring unity to the country. We are a very split nation as shown by the close race.

It’s important to pause occasionally and be Thankful for what we have. In a broader sense, we can be Thankful that we live in America where we enjoy so much freedom and opportunity. A veteran is someone who at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America for an amount up to and including my Life.”

Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor each of them. We must not forget at times it seems people think of Veterans as those men and women who traveled to some foreign country for combat. We must remember that every person who serves or has served in the military deserves our Thanks and Respect. Our government is a Government of the people and by the people.

Whatever shortcomings, ours is a great nation and we enjoy freedom to pursue commerce, to practice our faith, to speak and vote according to our beliefs — without fear.

It has been paid for with the “Blank Check” of millions who have served.

Veterans Day was to celebrate the Truce, or we may say, a day to celebrate Peace. As we honor our Veterans, thank them for the “Great Freedom” they gave us.

David Johnson