To the editor:
On Nov. 11, a day honoring those who have served our nation in military service, in many cases in harm’s way, I felt a compelling need to thank those many for their service and the sacrifice which that service entailed.
You continue to serve in particularly difficult and controversial periods of national military engagement and prevail in the face of great harm as well as misunderstanding and lack of appreciation by many confused and unthinking Americans back home.
In many cases, your service addresses a military problem that often reflects misguided policy and sometimes even more hopelessly misguided military management, at the highest levels of our government.
This perhaps was never more obvious than during the Vietnam conflict, where approximately 50,000 young Americans unselfishly perished in a conflict that the U.S. should never have engaged in.
However, none of that in any way diminishes your past and present noble contribution to this nation.
As a non-veteran who enjoyed the undeserved blessings of age/timing, marital status and engineering graduate school deferments, I can only humbly salute the real heroes of this country from the back row. My gratitude, which must also extend to those Americans who landed at Normandy on June 6, 1944, cannot be adequately expressed in words. I was 6 years old then but now clearly understand what their sacrifice has meant for me.
May God bless our veterans, past and present.
David A. Nealy