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Respecting veterans

Each year, we turn our eyes to those who have worn or wear military uniforms. On Memorial Day, we show our respect to those who gave their life in service. Armed Forces Day recognizes the commitment of those currently serving. This Friday, on Veterans Day, we honor all who have worn the nation’s uniforms.

We should not forget to express our appreciation to family members of those who have served. Parents, siblings, spouses and children have lost precious time away from loved ones. It is always emotional when we hear stories of soldiers returning home to a baby they could not be with at birth, or a wife who must not only care for a family, but may also serve as caregiver for a husband who was seriously injured while serving.

As a parent of a son who is currently serving a two-year tour of duty outside the country, I know the feelings Jessie and I have as we approach the holidays and birthdays.

Frank Ruff represents Lunenburg in the Senate. His email address is Sen.Ruff@verizon.net.