The President’s Corner: Veterans’ day thoughts

On Nov. 11, Veterans’ Day, our nation will honor members of the US military, and thank them for serving our great nation. We would not have the privileges we have today if it were not for the many men and women who fight to keep our homeland safe. These special individuals make huge sacrifices every day they are away from their family and friends, and they deserve our recognition and respect.

Creating citizens prepared to fight to defend our Republic was of vital importance to Capt. Alden Partridge, and he did more than any other individual to promote military education in civilian institutions in the United States prior to the Civil War. Partridge originated a system of education which combined civilian and military studies in order to produce enlightened and useful citizen-soldiers.

For almost 200 years, Norwich has developed leaders who have gone on to serve our country in various capacities. Norwich men and women have fought in every war in which the U.S. has been involved. In 1916 with the creation of the Reserve Officers Training Corps, Norwich confirmed its place as a leading producer of military officers.

The U.S. military comprises volunteers who have made the decision to help to keep our country secure and protect our freedoms. Military reserves are a part of this group along with the National Guard.

These dedicated individuals make sacrifices to serve our country and are often sent to areas of conflict and find themselves in constant danger. Some pay the ultimate price while others return home with physical and emotional scars from the battle. They are willing to make this commitment because they believe in the ideals that our founding fathers established in creating this nation. They put their lives at risk to preserve our democratic way of life and our individual freedom.

The families of the men and women in our military also make sacrifices. They continue their lives as best they can when their loved ones are gone for extended periods of times, sometimes more than once.

Many of you will go on active duty following graduation and become members of this special family of patriots who are willing to put themselves in harm’s way to protect the American way of life.

Veteran’s Day is the official day designated to show appreciation to all our military personnel, but you should not wait to thank these dedicated men and women. Any time you see veterans or active duty and reserve component members, make a point of telling them how much you appreciate all that they do for our country. One day it may be you who is being thanked for your service.

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