OUR OPINION: Saying thanks to our veterans
The shameful massacre of 12 soldiers and a civilian last week at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas reminds us yet again of the sacrifice American veterans and soldiers make for their country.
We don’t yet know the answers why or how the Fort Hood incident was allowed to happen, on our soil in a time of war, but we do know the American military is strained and shorthanded due to its long years of fighting in the Middle East.
The ranks of our warriors must be either strengthened, or their duties abroad reduced. A day of reckoning lies close ahead, with much at stake.
In Gonzales Wednesday at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Irma Boulevard, area residents gathered to thank local veterans who have done their time with honor.
As Veterans Day guest speaker and retired U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Herman Deculas, a Vietnam War Veteran said, the day was dedicated to all who answered the call to serve.
Everyone who has served honorably in the military has performed a great service for America and contributed to the greatness of the nation.
These veterans have served without questioning the motives of their government, trusting that the right path has been taken.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 23.2 million men and women veterans were in the U.S. last year. In this case, clearly it is a small proportion of the population that the vast majority relies on very heavily.
We encourage all branches of the military to do the soul searching necessary to prevent another tragedy like the event at Fort Hood, and to restore the luster such a senseless occurrence takes away from the armed services.
And we offer our thanks again to the men and women, both veterans and those currently enlisted who have served our nation so well.