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| Recognizing the Importance of Honoring |
Our Service Men and Women
More and more it seems people are putting politics ahead of the gratitude and recognition our armed service members deserve. This is a time to set aside one’s feelings about war and recognize what a tremendous sacrifice our service members and their families are making to ensure our freedom and safety. These men and women volunteer to serve in the military. They are choosing this path as part of their beliefs and commitment to our country and her freedom. Whether you personally support war or not, it is inappropriate to hold this opinion against our military and our veterans. Indeed, this very freedom—to hold individual and opposing opinions—is among the many freedoms our military protects. Over time, Veteran’s Day has become just another bank holiday. Many school systems do not observe Veteran’s Day as a student holiday, denying students the opportunity to participate in Veteran’s Day parades and celebrations. For too many years, this holiday has been relegated to “old men” and civic organizations. As responsible citizens of the world’s most free country, we owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who have served, and are currently serving, in the United States military. Veteran’s Day is a national holiday set aside to recognize and remember the sacrificial service of military members from all the branches of services, and from all periods of service. The November 11th holiday has been previously known as Remembrance Day, referring to it’s being set aside to remember our veterans. It was also formerly known as Armistice Day, recalling the Armistice signed in the Forest of Compiegne, France, by the Allies (which included the United States) and the Germans on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, bringing an end to the first World War. Lindell wrote an AC article entitled, The History of Veteran’s Day, which effectively outlines the history of this significant day of honor and remembrance. Memorial Day is the day reserved for honoring those who paid the ultimate price for freedom, sacrificing their lives for our country.
Marine Lance Cpl. Elias Torrez III
United States Marine Corp.
'In Memory Of' ... Killed in Action, Operation Iraqi Freedom,
January 28, 1983 - April 9, 2004.
21 years of age, of Veribest, Texas; assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; killed April 9, 2004 by hostile fire in Iraq. Putting it simply, Elias Torrez loved his life on the farm in West Texas. "He was funny. He could take a bad situation and make you laugh no matter what," said stepbrother Rigo Ramirez, 20. "He was a free soul. He had a zest for life." Lance Cpl. Torrez, 21, of Veribest, Texas, died April 9 in hostile fire in Iraq. He was based in Twentynine Palms, Calif., and was on his second stint in Iraq, Ramirez said. Ramirez described Torrez as an easygoing, lovable guy with a lot of friends. Torrez graduated from high school in 2001 and started boot camp the day before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Ramirez said he last heard from his stepbrother a month before his death, when he left a message telling his father and stepmother that he loved them and everything was going OK. Torrez's parents are Elias Torres Jr., of Veribest and Veronica Norris of Grape Creek. Torrez spelled his last name differently than his family.