Please remember that Nov. 11 is Veterans' Day. A day to honor all who have served our country and sacrificed their lives for the greater good. Americans should take a pause on that day to honor our brave men and women. For more than 247 years, many have fought and died for all those freedoms we hold most dear. I, myself have served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam era and was proud to have done so. I am a member of the American Legion Post 103 in Douglaston, which is dedicated to helping fellow veterans. We salute our brave men and women who are serving this great nation, and who are now serving in the most dangerous parts of the world like the Middle East. Those who served have done so at a great personal sacrifice, many having to leave family, friends and jobs for the greater good. I hope and pray this Veterans' Day that anyone who is able to will fly the American flag of this nation in honor. Also, if you can, call a veteran you might know and thank them for their service and a job well done. May God bless these brave Americans and may God bless America this Veterans' Day.
Frederick R. Bedell Jr.