We can all agree on appreciation for our veterans


Driving to work this morning, talk radio stations were full of the continuing discussion and debate over the Nov. 3 elections.

Hosts grilled pollsters, questioned campaign strategists and prognosticated about what could happen in the weeks and months leading up to Jan. 20.

Guests expressed either their exuberance or dismay over the results while pundits made predictions ranging from whimsy to woe.

As I listened, I noticed one topic that was missing from today’s discussion topics:

Our veterans.

Without the fundamental right we have as a democracy to vote, there would be no election to discuss — and without the service and sacrifice made by others in defense of our nation, there would be no republic to afford us that precious right to vote.

I understand that this election has been as controversial as it is historic, necessitating a deeper conversation about the state of our nation and its divided, evolving identity.

But today, let’s make sure that we put those conversations on hold and recognize those who have protected our right to have those conversations in the first place.

Generations of Americans have given their time and their very lives so that we could cast a vote and exercise our right, as Americans, to disagree openly with each other under the Constitution.

Just for today, let’s put our differences aside and agree that our veterans — of all eras, branches of service, at home and abroad — deserve our attention, respect and appreciation.

Thanks to them, there will be plenty of time in the days ahead to disagree with one another.

But today, we can all agree on the appreciation we share for our veterans.

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