Letters: Honor those who served our country on Veterans Day _lowres

CS2 Matthew Oberg with the Navy Operation Support Center performs a flag fold done at military funerals during the Veterans Day observance Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School in Jackson, Wis. (John Ehlke/West Bend Daily News via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

This is to honor and thank all of the men and women who served in all the wars to keep America free and safe — on a day we call Veterans Day.

We often talk about veterans but rarely mention the wars and the horrendous consequences of the bloody battles, tremendous noise and fear factors endured by the combatants.

Here is a short list of several of the explosive and destructive wars as reminders: World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan to present. Thousands of our brave warriors are sent into battles in strange and sometimes unheard of places — with the main objectives to kill and destroy.

This is more than a reason for all Americans to celebrate our veterans present and past.

There are many ways to participate in this important day. One simple way is to display the American flag — the same flag that was proudly flown in battles. Another easy way to celebrate Veterans Day is through prayers for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and for those who are presently serving, along with the current veterans.

The Disabled American Veterans organization says, “Thanks for your service, for your bravery, hard work, and dedication to our country. We thank you.”

May God bless America and all veterans.

Larry Guidry

retired U.S. Air Force