Editorial: Honoring America’s veterans

At the onset of World War II, America drafted teenagers, taught them how to fight and protect themselves and sent them off to war. They had no choice but to leave their homeland and fight tirelessly against ruthless enemies to save the world from tyranny.

Their sacrifice paid for our freedom.

This was also true for veterans from the Korean War, the War in Vietnam, the Gulf War, the War in Iraq and the War in Afghanistan.

Although Americans can question the wisdom of political leaders who engage in war, no one should disdain the sacrifice of the men and women who serve.

This is why we celebrate Veterans Day on November 11.

America has a commander-in-chief who did not serve in the military.

That is not a prerequisite for being president but while Obama and Bill Clinton didn’t serve, those who came before them (George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman) not only were in the military but for the most part, they understood that a strong American military is a deterrent to wars all over the world.

Franklin D. Roosevelt did not serve but he was assistant secretary to the Navy during World War I.

Obama wants a smaller, weaker military to match his weak foreign policy. It is questionable if America could fight wars on two fronts now because of Obama’s de-emphasis of our forces. Reagan said no one attacks a country because it is too strong. Our strength has always been rooted in those who serve.

That makes November 11 special.