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Another View: Honoring those who served

By: Assemblyman Dan Logue
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President Ronald Reagan perhaps put it best when he said that “our nation itself is testimony to the love our veterans have had for it and for us. Our liberties, our values, all for which America stands is safe today because brave men and women have been ready to face the fire at freedom’s front. And we thank God for them.” As Americans, we owe a debt of gratitude to our nation’s veterans who put everything on the line to keep us safe. That is why we commemorate Veterans Day on Nov. 11 each year to honor them. Observed on the anniversary of the World War I armistice that ended hostilities on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, Veterans Day is a time for us to say thank you for their commitment to serve. It is also a time to remember those we have lost, who never got the opportunity to reunite with the families they left behind. This year, Veterans Day is especially important for California, which contributes the highest number of volunteers to our Armed Forces. With tens of thousands of active duty troops returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, we want to do everything possible to ensure that they receive the benefits they so rightly deserve. As your Assembly representative in our state’s Capitol, I have our North State veterans close to my heart. I am working with other state officials to reach out to veterans from wars past and present to inform them of the services available to them. These services include health care, education assistance, job assistance and housing for them and their families. My office frequently helps those veterans in need who contact me and stands at the ready to help veterans access these benefits. Veterans Day is also a personal experience for me because of my father. After speaking to my father about his experiences in World War II and the dedicated service of local veterans, I realized that the North State did not have any memorials equal to the sacrifice of the brave men and women who gave their lives to protect our freedom. I founded and chaired a local Veterans Memorial Committee that raised over $400,000 in private funds to construct two separate world-class Veterans Memorials in Yuba and Sutter counties. It was achieved start to finish in 24 months without any government funds. One of the choicest experiences of my life was the day I stood with my hero, my father, a veteran of WWII and the Battle of the Bulge, at the dedication of these hallowed memorials to honor him for his service and all of those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. It is my highest honor to fight for those who have given so much for us, and I will be relentless in ensuring that our state continues to care for our veterans. Let us all commit ourselves to protecting the liberties that so many have fought and died for, and let us honor their sacrifice by taking this day to thank them and remember those we have lost. On this Veterans Day, let us return the love that our veterans have poured out to protect our liberties and keep us safe. As the saying goes, “They gave up all their tomorrows, so that we may have our todays.” Assemblyman Dan Logue represents District 3, which includes Colfax, Grass Valley and Truckee.