Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Don't forget them, even though Veterans Day has come and gone

Veterans Day is primarily a day to recognize and thank all who served with honor during times of war and peace. We give thanks and show our appreciation to living veterans for performing a great duty for national security. Let’s not forget them the rest of the year.

Thank a World War II veteran while you have the opportunity. World War II utilized the greatest force of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in our country’s history. Last Year, the Associated Press wrote the following about our World War II soldiers:

They were a swashbuckling lot — parachuting behind enemy lines, charging onto sandy beaches as bullets whizzed by, liberating countries from a totalitarian grip. They jitterbugged the nights away, sang about faraway sweethearts and painted the noses of their B-17 bombers with bawdy pinups.”

In his popular book, The Greatest Generation, Tom Brokaw writes World War II soldiers “answered the call to save the world from the two most powerful and ruthless military machines ever assembled. At a time in their lives when their days and nights should have been filled with innocent adventure, love, and the lessons of the workaday world, they were fighting in the most primitive conditions possible across the bloodied landscape of France, Belgium, Italy, Austria, and the coral islands of the Pacific.”

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs reports estimates. U.S. veterans of World War II are dying at a rate of more than 1,000 a day and now number about 2 million from a force that once stood 16 million strong.

This year marks the 56th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice during 1953. The Korean War is often referred to as the Forgotten War because it was waged so close to the battles of World War II. Those who fought in Korea are forgotten no more, thanks to the ongoing construction of the Korean War National Museum. Finally, the six million men and women who served in Korea will have their own place to tell their stories.

Another name was added this year to The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The total number of names listed is now 58,261.

Two Gulf Wars and wars currently being fought in Iraq and Afghanistan remind us of the great sacrifices being made by our brave men and women in uniform. The freedoms Americans enjoy and unfortunately take for granted today are thanks to our outstanding veterans.

Remember our Veterans every day, for sacrifice without remembrance is meaningless. America’s conscience demands that we all be aware of the brave deeds of our armed forces.

If you see or meet a veteran, extend your appreciation. Thank him or her for their service. Pause and reflect upon what our country would be like had it not been for the veterans. Each and every American owes them a debt of gratitude, every day of the year.

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