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What Do You Think?

November 12, 2009

Editor's note: The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments when voting. A sampling of edited reader comments will run on The Herald-Mail's Opinion page on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The question posted Monday was: Do you think we do enough to honor our military veterans?

Poll results:

Yes -- 160 votes (16 percent)

No -- 857 votes (84 percent)

o "You will see the veterans organizations and some local government officials participate in events honoring our military veterans. I simply ask, what do you personally do to honor our veterans? ... Remember those brave souls who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation."

o "Schools do very little that I know of to recognize Veterans Day, and Memorial Day is just a day off school. That might be a place to start."

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o "Let me add my thanks to all veterans of all wars and all who served in the military. Sometimes, we all take you for granted and forget to say thanks, but you can be sure that the vast majority of Americans do appreciate your service. Just because some Americans disagree with the government's foreign policy or involvement in wars, they don't agree with there is no excuse for disrespecting the veterans of those wars."

o "Parades and speeches are good things and should be used as reminders for us, but they have to be backed up by action or they are meaningless."

o "Fine gentlemen, I thank you for your service. My father was a World War II pilot and I still love those B-17s and B-29s. He taught all of his children respect for our country, our flag and all that came along with his years. We all tell our children about those that have served our country and still do. My son says 'thank you' to anyone he sees in uniform."

o "I'm grateful to all veterans who served our country and those who serve today. Many of my family members served in the Army, Air Force and the Marines. My father was in the Korea War, my grandfather in World War II. My cousins and uncles also served. It's a time I reflect on the memories because that's all I have left."

o "I answered 'no' because the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is not all that it can be. I don't need folks to say 'thank you' to me and, in fact, I would consider that to be a little embarrassing. I can take or leave parades and memorial ceremonies. ... to honor all our military veterans, I say improve the VA."

o "To all those who have served, I say 'thank you' from the bottom of my heart. I would like to think we all do our share to support the troops and our vets, however, this is far from the case. Freedom is precious and our troops sacrifice so much for our country. I personally do reach out but not enough.I'm sure we could all do more."

o "On all Memorial and Veterans days, I remember a fallen shipmate, Petty Officer Dwayne Williams, lost at sea in May 2003 on our way home from Iraq. I'm proud to have served my country and would do it again in a heartbeat if called back. Thanks to all the other veterans out there for your service and continued dedication to the country."

o "Freedom is not free. Our vets and our active-duty military personnel are paying for the freedoms we enjoy and take for granted. We owe them all we have."

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