Thank you to all who have worn the uniform of our nation’s military

It never ceases to amaze us that there are people — including right here in the Juniata Valley — who are willing to travel anywhere they are sent simply to risk their lives in defense of our country.

Today is Veterans Day, a day on which we should all stop and take a few moments to express our sincere gratitude for those who have served in our nation’s military.

For it is without their selflessness and sacrifice that our nation would not exist. Their belief in liberty is so strong that they were prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice if that is what it took for freedom to prevail.

Not all are able to serve. Many more are able, but aren’t willing. Those who have worn the uniform of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, National Guard or Reserves are truly the bravest of our society.

Freedom isn’t free. It costs time away from families. It costs time away from home. It costs time spent in horrifying conditions. It even costs lives.

For your willingness to have fought to keep us free, to have dealt with the unspeakable so we didn’t have to, we humbly yet inadequately say “thank you” to all military veterans.

We will never truly be able to repay the debt of gratitude you are owed, but the least we can do is demonstrate your sacrifice is appreciated and was not made in vain.