Editorial: Thank you to our veterans

 

There are many things that make Northern New Mexico special. The snow capped peaks, the stunning sunsets and the changing of the aspens are a few things that draw residents to our corner of the world.

Many residents settle here for our reputation as a community that welcomes its veterans. Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park, the National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center, the Cimarron Veterans Memorial and the Colfax County Veterans Memorial are just a few of the symbols in our communities that honor and thank our veterans.

We often take it for granted that we are surrounded by service members. Many citizens grow up without ever encountering a military members and know little about the sacrifices they make.

This Veterans Day (Nov. 11) take a moment to remember how lucky we are to live in such a welcoming community to soldiers, sailors, marines and pilots. Our veterans provide us with unique experiences and world views. They help us remember what a privilege it is to live in the United States.

When you meet a veteran, try and remember they are more than a soldier. They are sons, daughters, husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers. They have hobbies, strengths and outside interests.

Over the next year try to make every day ‘veteran’s day.’ Ask service members you meet on the street about their experiences. Tell them ‘thank you’. The way we treat our veterans says a lot about our country and ourselves. Let Northern New Mexico continue to be an example of how to treat our service members and neighbors, friends and family.