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11/10/2010 - Veterans Day Message From Mayor John Bencivengo

Veretans Day Message From Mayor John Bencivengo

Tomorrow, we celebrate Veteran’s Day – a day in which we honor the courageous service of individuals who have worn the uniform in defense of our nation.  On behalf of our entire Township government, we thank our dedicated veterans for their countless sacrifices for us all.

When Veterans Day approaches, I am reminded of individuals like my own father, who served in World War II and Korea.  Before his passing, my father never talked about his service or boasted of his honors –it was only after his death that I discovered his receipt of the Purple Heart Award from being wounded in battle.  But what my father did do is pass onto me a deep appreciation of our veterans and active military.  They truly are silent heroes among us, who are often the most humble of people you will ever meet, but who deserve our highest level of praise and admiration.  

We are so fortunate and blessed to live in a country that provides us with freedom, liberty and allows us all to pursue happiness in our own lives.  And without the sacrifices of our veterans, some of whom made the ultimate sacrifice so that our nation was protected and our freedom was preserved, life as we know it in the United States of America would not be what it is today.

In a day and age in which celebrities, professional athletes or those who have succeeded financially may garner much attention in the media, we must always remember the sacrifices of the veteran who has allowed them to succeed by allowing us to live in a land of peace and prosperity.

Because every time that we might watch a movie star engulfed by the paparazzi or a professional athlete commanding such admiration for an excellent play, we should remember the soldier who wore the uniform to allow us to enjoy an evening at the movie theater or the football game on a Sunday afternoon.  And when all of us make the memories of our lives, whether it is the birth of a child or grandchild or the purchase of a first home, we must think about the veteran who allowed us to enjoy our inalienable rights and liberties.

Whether they are the members of our greatest generation, who landed on the beaches of Normandy, or the troops who served us in fields of Vietnam…or whether they are the veterans who stood ready to protect us during the Cold War until the Berlin Wall came tumbling down or the brave young patriots who following the horrific attacks of September 11, 2001, traveled to Afghanistan and Iraq in defense of freedom…whatever their tour of duty or whenever they served, the 92,000 residents of Hamilton Township say “Thank You” to our beloved veterans.  Because if it were not for the sacrifices of these brave and courageous heroes, we could not enjoy life as we know it, here, in America’s Favorite Hometown.