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While Memorial Day is a day set aside to remember and honor military personnel who died in service to their country, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor those among us who are serving their country today or who have served in the past.
And Wednesday is that day.
When we think of veterans, many of us automatically think of people our grandfather's age. But that's certainly not the case. Many young men and women in their early 20s are now veterans who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Our young men and women in Taylor County have enlisted in the military during both peacetime and wartime. Those who served in peacetime served a great purpose and we should thank them for all that they did to keep the peace. Of those who have served during times of conflict, most have been fortunate enough to return to their families.
But some in years past were not that fortunate. They gave all they had for this great nation. We can never say the right words to thank them or their loved ones enough for their sacrifice.
We hope you attend this week's Veterans Day ceremony at the Taylor County War Memorial at 1 p.m. to honor those who have served on our behalf.
And, if you're a veteran, there are other ceremonies in the community in your honor. Check out today's Calendar Page for a complete listing.
According to the Kentucky Department of Military Affairs, there are more than 345,000 veterans living in Kentucky today.
God bless each one for the sacrifices they have made on our behalf.