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A day to honor those who served

November 10, 2009 - LLee Janssen
From ceremonies across the land to free car washes on Washington Boulevard, people will pause Wednesday to honor those who put their lives on the line to defend and protect our freedom.

It's good that we stop and honor our veterans.

Some folks will get more time to do that than others; Veterans Day being a recognized federal holiday, many government offices will be closed and those employees will have a day off from work.

Seems strange to me, though, that the day off from work has nothing to do with the status of an individual's service to the nation in the risky form of military service. Rather, it's connected to employer ... generally employers that are tax-levying entities as opposed to private enterprise.

Meanwhile, veterans in private enterprise will show up for work, may have to miss any observances of the day that take place during their work shifts and won't enjoy the benefit of a national holiday to honor their commitment and dedication to the nation.

Sad, isn't it. But it's also so like the way this world has gone, with the lucky few realizing certain luxuries that the masses will never see.

Like a day off in recognition of military service.


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