Editorial: Thank a veteran for the freedom you enjoy today

Tomorrow, many businesses will be closed in honor of Veterans Day. Many will have the day off to reflect on the significance of this holiday. Our veterans - those who fought for the freedom we enjoy today - deserve our thanks.

This year, the News is honoring local veterans throughout this edition. We asked our readers to submit photos of their special veterans, along with a brief biography. The response was overwhelming. We plan to offer this feature next year. It is our hope these tribute pages expand as we add new veterans annually.

Thank you to all that took the time to bring in photos. It was fun hearing your stories when you shared your memories with our staff members. You can pick up your photos at the front counter of our office.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Broehm family, as they cope with the loss of their son, brother and husband. Lance Cpl. Matthew J. Broehm was killed in action Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010 in Afghanistan. He had served in the Marines for three years. Matthew gave his life fighting for his country's freedom. We owe him so much.

Our veterans should be saluted not just today, but every day of the year for the sacrifices they valiantly made on our behalf. Today's their day; please take the time to thank a veteran for the freedom you continue to enjoy today.

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