As Veteran's Day approaches it is the time for all of us to remember those men and women who gave the supreme sacrifice and honor those who served our country to protect those very freedoms for the past generations, this generation and generations to come.
This writer received an invitation to participate in a parade on November 4, 2017 where many will take to the streets and outwardly display our respect and prayers for all veterans, past and present. It is an extreme honor for me to stand with men and women who displayed bravery and courage in WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and to the present day in the area of the Middle East.
Just in reflection would it not be wonderful if throughout our world all war and strife ended, and there was not a need for a military force. That is a wonderful thought but unfortunately does not occur. In fact many of the threats intensify to challenge our country.
And so, when many people are off from work on Veterans Day and while they go about their daily activities, shopping in malls or preparing for Thanksgiving, all of us need to take time out and offer a prayer and our own thanks for the men and women who give it all to protect our country and its sacred heritage.
JUAN M. PEREZ
Bayonne Council Member At Large