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It's a bad decision on the face of it from a public perspective.

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Some things come around only once in a lifetime. Or, in this case, unless you're Methuselah, once in more than 1,000 lifetimes.

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Walter “Moose” R. Johnston, 63, died July 28, 2014, in Anchorage.
11/10/2012
Thanks

Sunday is Veterans Day.

It’s a day to thank those who have served. Nowadays, those in our armed forces make the choice to give up years of their lives in order to protect our way of life and to serve at home in times of trouble. By signing up, they put their lives on the line. Many delay starting their own families; others miss out on important milestones in their children’s lives to perform their duties as assigned. Whether serving overseas or right down the street, they all are sacrificing on our behalf.

Many veterans before 1973 did not choose to serve but were drafted. They nevertheless answered their country’s call. In the Vietnam War era, many arrived home to derision. We have learned better as a nation since then. We know that we owe our veterans thanks.

One way to thank them is to ask them about their experience. Not everyone wants to talk about it, and that’s fine. But many are eager to share their stories. Ask them now, while they are still here. Even now, the ranks of the World War II soldiers are thin indeed, and those who served in Korea and Vietnam are thinning.

Ask them now; thank them now.