Remember the sacrifices of our veterans

I watched the airing of the 75th ceremony of D-Day on June 6 that took place in Normandy, France. I thought it was one of the greatest tributes to our veterans.

Too many times we all forget when we see the American flag waving in the wind, see a veteran walking with a missing leg or arm or hear the nation’s anthem just exactly what it means. It should remind us all of the sacrifice of so many on D-Day and all the wars and conflicts the United States fought in and for our country and for other countries. If you have children, please teach them to be patriotic to our great country. The reason for our freedoms today was because of our veterans’ sacrifices. The men and women both yesterday and who stand today guarding our nation should always be remembered for their service to protect us all. Teach your children to be respectful of these men and women, and to never forget the old fellows who truly established the foundation of freedom for this country.

My father served in the U.S. Army, and my father-in-law fought in WWII. These men along with many others gave a part of their lives and some gave their life so that we can walk down our sidewalks without fear and have so many freedoms given to us. So when you see and hear an American flag flapping in the wind, and you see a veteran walking in a parade, remember the reason that flag waves and who fought for us to fly it. And stand for the national anthem.

When we stand together as a nation, we remind the world we are still proud of our United States of America and those who served. Our country was based on many who believed we were “one nation under God.” Let none of us forget, both as citizens and foreigners, our veterans stood for the flag while fighting and guarding our country. It will be the memory of those who served that will keep the path of those serving today part of the magic and heritage of being a true American.

Alison Marth-Stevens