“Salute to the Troops” on Veteran’s Day

“THANK YOU for your service” has become a phrase Americans are freely expressing to our military troops and veterans. And, on this Veteran’s Day, ABC 10 salutes our active duty and veteran military members tonight on the news.

The Preservation of our Way of Life…our freedom…and our distinction as the finest group of people to come together under one flag…has been entrusted to men and women who selflessly gave of themselves so that we can carry on with deser-ved pride and hard-fought dignity.

When “The Great War”…World War I ended, many believed they had just fought the war to end all wars. When the fighting ceased on November 11, 1918…the soldiers’ work was thought to be finished.

The following year…President Woodrow Wilson…in a commemoration of the armistice that ended the fighting, said “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

Sadly, war remained perpetual. But the courage and commitment of the American Soldier never waned. So, to honor that unending servitude…Veterans are uplifted in our hearts and prayers and these ceremonies are only some of the expressions of gratitude in our beloved Upper Peninsula.

Tonight on ABC 10 News Now, join Cynthia Thompson for a look at how veterans were honored today at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette. Find out about U.P. efforts to send care packages to the troops serving right now overseas. And, get one more look at how pre-deployment training is going at Camp Graying for a group of Upper Michigan soldiers headed to Afghanistan with the Michigan Army National Guard.