Veterans: They've Sacrificed For Us, Let's Honor Them

As the country observes Veterans Day today, let's share stories and thoughts about the veterans in our lives.

Veterans Day, which marks the anniversary of the end of World War I, honors all veterans, alive and dead.

Maybe you have today off from work. Maybe you don't. Either way, we encourage you to take a few moments to help us honor local veterans.

Westwood Patch, as a meeting place for community information and conversation, has a blogging platform that we'd love to see filled today and this week with stories about or tributes to the veteran(s) in your lives.

To share a story about a veteran in our local voices section, click here. Or, add a comment to the end of this article.

I used our blogging platform last month to pay tribute to my 89-year-old grandfather, Armand Descoteau: a World War II veteran who recently received France's highest military award.

And, I will also share with you my most direct connection to those who've made the ultimate sacrifice. My great uncle, Richard "Dick" Williamson, after whom my father is named, was 22 and a 2nd Lt. when his B-24 fighter plane went to help another that was in distress, during a 1943 raid on the Ploesti oil fields in Romania. His plane, which had a crew of 9, was shot down over Bulgaria. The sole survivor remembered how Dick didn’t bail out of the plane. He tried to keep it up so others could live. Dick's body was never found; though remains that could have been his were buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Please join me in honoring veterans: whether it's through sharing their story or simply expressing your appreciation. It's the least we can do.


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