Tomorrow is Veterans Day.

What is a Veteran? "A Veteran - whether active-duty, retired, discharged or reserve, is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to the 'United States of America', for an amount of up to and including their life."

Unfortunately, Veterans aren't thanked as often as they should be. Take a minute of your time and remember someone you may know who served our country with pride and dignity. Call a friend you know who ...served and tell them thank you. Someone on the street, in a store or restaurant wearing their uniform with such patriotism, thank them for what they do. These men and women give up the American dream so we don't have to, without any complaints.

Tomorrow is not about a certain war in history, it's not about a battle fought, it's not about statistics, it's not about who did what, it's not about hating the enemy. It's much more than that. You don't have to love war to care or to be appreciative.

So tomorrow when you're thinking about what you're going to do that day, or on your way to work, remember Veterans Day. Remember that men and women are still fighting, still giving their lives for the lives you live. Thanksgiving is in a few weeks and there is so much to be thankful for, one being our veterans. So honor the Warrior, not the War. Honor these heroes everyday, not just November 11th when the calendar reminds you.

Sheriff Elmer Tanner

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