Vietnam vets deserve
As America pauses again this year on Nov. 11 to thank and pay tribute to the men and women who have served our country, special emphasis should go to Vietnam War veterans in the year we begin the 50th Anniversary Commemoration, which will run for the length of the war, 13 years.
It’s important that we recall the lessons learned during the Vietnam War — that never again should this nation turn its back on soldiers who served honorably and faithfully. Vietnam veterans returned to a country that didn’t support them, blaming soldiers for a war they didn’t like. Soldiers were not treated as heroes, but they should have been.
Time has healed some of the wounds and the country has a different perspective, finally remembering these patriots with dignity and honor. It is our job to ensure that lack of support for soldiers never happens again. It is our job to thank them for serving, just as generations of soldiers before them had done when called to serve.
We’ll observe Veterans Day Friday and next Monday by joining together in schools and cemeteries across this great land, honoring the veterans of all wars and especially remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom and democracy.
It’s important that Americans remember that no one has done more to keep this country free than the soliders who put their lives on the line in time of need. Veterans Day marks the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1919, the end of World War I.
Our younger veterans were in the Gulf War, the war in Iraq and still today, the War on Terror in Afghanistan and other places around the world. It has been more than three decades since the guns fell silent in Vietnam. Longer still for Korea — and nearly a lifetime for World War II. Have we forgotten the sacrifices, and the reasons, for those wars?
We honor all men and women who served, ensuring that future generations will enjoy the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness promised by our nation’s founders.
There’s a lot happening with the Vilas County Economic Development Corporation (VCEDC) that deserves public acclaim, including the recent opening of a manufacturing incubator on Eagle River’s west side called the Highway 70 Business Park.
Housed in a former manufacturing facility that had nearly been developed into a pellet plant, the park will provide low-cost working space solutions for startup manufacturing entities as well as financial, marketing and strategic planning guidance.
Opening of the 13,000-square foot facility wouldn’t have been possible without the help of benefactor Dave Juday, an Illinois native who has been coming to the North Woods since he was a youth. Juday purchased the building and has made it available for use by the development corporation.
Credit also goes to interim director Bob Egan and the VCEDC board of directors.
Behind the editorial ‘we’
Members of the Vilas County News-Review editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.
|Tuesday, November 05, 2013 11:55 AM|