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Veterans Day, Nov. 11, was created as a day to honor every veteran who has fought to protect this nation. Many Americans have lost sight of the true meaning of Veterans Day.

As a proud Vietnam and Iraqi veteran who is preparing for Veterans Day, I find it tragic that so many of my fellow Americans view Nov. 11 as just another day off work. I lost friends in Vietnam, and I made a promise to their families that they would never, ever be forgotten.

With wars on two fronts and the VA workload topping one million claims, it’s time for all Americans to remember the true meaning of Veterans Day. I hope everyone in our area will remember what Veterans Day is all about.

And as we near the holidays, please keep our deployed troops and their families in your prayers. Send a care package or donate to a program that supports our troops and veterans, such as VFW Operation Uplink, www.operationuplink.org. Always remember those who have fought for your freedom.

On Nov. 11 we honor all veterans at the VFW Post 8164, 87 Vernon St., Tewksbury, with a free breakfast served from 9-11 a.m. May God bless all our military men and women and may God bless America.

VINNIE OLIVA

Commander VFW Post 8164

Tewksbury