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Take the time to remember our veterans

November 5, 2013 

Nov. 11 is Veterans Day.

It’s a day to honor our veterans for dedication and loyalty for their service to our country. It’s a time to remind everyone to display the American flag by flying it at full staff for the entire day to honor these brave men and women.

Everyone should remember our veterans in some way – it could be a silent prayer or just a thought about how much they have sacrificed for our country.

Pittsburgh Steelers’ safety Troy Polamalu will cut his famously long hair on Nov. 11, in conjunction with the VFW and the VFW Mane Event Program. This is not an easy thing for Polamalu because he has not had his haircut in 10 years, since his college days at USC. He is trying to spread awareness issues facing veterans and stand united with them. Polamalu will invite veterans from different branches of the service to participate on that day as well as fellow football players

At exactly 11 a.m. each Nov. 11, a color guard made up of members from all military branches render honors to American veterans during a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery. On that same day, the president or his representative place a wreath at the tomb and the bugler will sound “Taps.”

Ronald Reagan wrote, “Heroes may not be braver than anyone else. They’re just braver five minutes longer.”

If your kids get too much candy or if you have any leftovers you didn’t handout and if it is wrapped, send it to Care 4 R Troops, 1009 Courtland Blvd., Deltona, FL 32738. This volunteer organization will include it in the next shipment of care packages sent to our deployed troops.

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