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Originally published: 2013-11-09 18:47:13
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Our View: Much deserved veterans' salute

How do you adequately thank someone for the sacrifice and duty that comes with defending our country? 

We set aside days of honor -- Memorial Day in memory of those who died in service and Veterans Day to recognize all who have served honorably in times of war and peace -- but in truth, one day, even on a national scale, could never reflect the years of service given by individual men and women on behalf of a nation.

Words themselves are seldom adequate to sum up the experience of such sacrifice, but some have come closer to the mark than others. 

In honor of each of our Watauga County veterans, we offer our thank you in the following tribute to service, sacrifice, duty and honor.

"In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot."
-- Mark Twain
"Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys. Look on them as your own beloved sons, and they will stand by you even unto death!" -- Sun Tzu
"There never was a good war or a bad peace."
-- Benjamin Franklin
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
-- John Fitzgerald Kennedy
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave."
-- Elmer Davis
"Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul."
-- Michel de Montaigne
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."
-- John Fitzgerald Kennedy