Freedom is extremely important to each and every one of us. We will never take it for granted. We owe our freedom to the heroes who have made so many sacrifices and many of them, the ultimate sacrifice, so that we continue to enjoy our freedom. We will always be indebted to our veterans.
Parades and other events recognizing and honoring veterans are extremely important. The veterans parade in Hartford on Sunday, the US Army Field Band and Soldiers Chorus concert at Glastonbury High School, the Remember our Veteran’s event at the Riverfront Center, supporting the Purple Heart Homes project in town and supporting the S.O.S. Marine Corps League are shining examples of how we respect and care for our veterans.
All of this is extremely important, but we need to go beyond the parades and recognitions. We need to make sure our veterans integrate back into society. Education, job training, and employment are absolutely essential to have them continue to be contributory members of our society. The step down events here in Connecticut, as well as across the nation, clearly depict the harsh lives of so many of our veterans.
We as a society, we as a nation, need to take better care of our heroes. We owe it to them.