A Salute to Easton's Veterans
A week after Veterans Day, we should continue to recognize our veterans.
"I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country." -- Nathan Hale
Every Nov. 11, America celebrates Veterans' Day to display a small token of gratitude for the ultimate sacrifice given by her soldiers.
The holiday should hold the same importance in American's hearts as Independence Day, for, though we declared our independence in 1776, we have fought ceaselessly to defend it. Because of the bravery and servitude of our nation's soldiers, both past and present, we are able to live free with privileges the majority of the world's population remains unable to attain.
However, freedom is never free. The price is paid in young men's blood and old men's tears. Veterans' Day gives us an opportunity to thank these soldiers, the defenders of our freedoms. And so, I thank several of those veterans living in our Easton community.
Thank you, Timothy Vamosi. Husband to Michele, and father to Zach and Katie, you served as Boatswains Mate Second Class in the United States Coast Guard for more than 12 months in the arid deserts and warm seas of the Middle East. Your days consisted of ensuring port-security against terrorist attacks and providing humanitarian aid to those who needed it. In charge of a small patrol boat and its crew, you personally protected the safety of both Americans and Northern Arabs during your tour of duty.
When asked to describe the significance of the holiday, you said, "I could not live the life I do today if it weren't for the men and women who have sacrificed in honor of our country. I will always remember this holiday with a humble reverence for those who have served."
Thank you, Paul Smith. As a 17year-old in 1943, you were drafted into the Navy. Serving for four years during the prime of your life because of World War II, you were one of those all-important souls that ensured of the proper order of America's finest ships. When you look back, you are quick to deflect praise of your own. Rather, you honorably point toward the others with whom you served.
"I really appreciate the fellows in the Army. They have such a hard life and what they do is really amazing. I feel so privileged to have served my country alongside such admirable men."
Thank you, Dad. Being active duty during the first Desert Storm conflict and then sailing the seas during turbulent times in Somalia and Bosnia as a surface warfare officer in 1994, you came home just in time to see your first-born son come into this world. In order to spend more time around your new and growing family, you opted to join the Navy Reserves while performing other noteworthy jobs, including raising your three children.
Now a Commander in the Navy, you have been activated to full-time duty once more. You have admirably served both your family and your country, and I'll miss you while you are away. I love you
These three Easton men represent what it means to be a veteran. Let us, the young and old alike, never forget the men and women like these who faithfully serve our country and protect our freedoms. Pray for and support those in your life who are willing, like Nathan Hale, to give up their life for the Stars and Stripes.