Veterans Day a chance to thank those who served

Wednesday is Veterans Day, a chance to honor the 21.8 million veterans who have served this country. / Metro Creative Graphics

Commentary by Hannah Kiker
Times-News correspondent

   Louis Liotta, Gerald Turney and Neal Crane are three completely different men. The lives that they lead all have their differences and similarities, but one thing they have in common — they are all war veterans.
These honorable individuals have put the lives of America before their own, and from that, they have learned a lot. They were interviewed and asked what advice they would give the younger generation. All of their answers varied, and they were interesting to say the least.
Louis Liotta, of Farmville, Va., is a Cold War veteran. Stationed in northern Japan, Liotta’s role in the military was fundamental during the Cold War.   He helped monitored top secret transmissions and remembers hearing about the U-2 spy incident in the Soviet Union. His life advice was simple and clear. He said that he would have the younger generation “embrace God and country.”
Gerald Turney, of Alamance County, is a Vietnam War veteran. He believes that one of the most important things that young millennials can do is to “serve somebody somewhere.” He went on to say “There’s something about being able to serve. It’s a fulfilling kind of thing.” Turney found that one of the more important things he learned from being in the military was discipline.
Another veteran from the Vietnam War, Neal Crane, resides in Lynchburg, Va. He also felt that discipline was one of the most important things that he learned in the military. Crane thinks that joining the military can be a great experience, and can help those who otherwise cannot afford a higher education.
“If they can’t afford to go to college, enlistment in the military would give them grounds in their life that they did not have before. They could really learn a lot, and that could lead to a career,” he said patriotically.
On Wednesday, Veterans Day, we will honor 21.8 million veterans for their service to our country. Take some time to honor and consider the importance of these individuals, and the words that they have to share.

 Hannah Kiker is a home-schooled senior and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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