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Editorial: Take time out to thank servicemen, women

Last Modified: Friday, June 14, 2013 6:12 PM

As yet another brigade of Fort Polk soldiers begin packing their gear and readying for deployment, we would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the men and women in uniform for their selfless all-or-nothing sacrifices.

Oftentimes, we wait until Veterans Day, Memorial Day or a milestone anniversary such as the D-Day invasion or the attack on Pearl Harbor before we thank our soldiers and Marines for their services. That is a mistake on our part.

Those who have fought or are training to fight on our behalf deserve praise every day.

Servicemen and women should be constantly saluted for their courage in securing the freedoms we enjoy.

It is because of the sacrifices of our veterans that you are reading this newspaper right now. Freedom of the press is important in this country and is something we often take for granted.

As families around our country are taking their summer vacations and children are enjoying a break from school, nearly 1,230 soldiers at Fort Polk are preparing to deploy to Afghanistan for a nine-month stint.

The base’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division has been assigned to serve as a security force assistance brigade to help secure a safer Afghanistan.

Capt. Will Brink said “there are no soldiers in our Army more prepared to accomplish this mission.”

We don’t doubt that. Fort Polk has a fine reputation around the nation.

Fort Polk boasts a population of more than 9,500 military personnel and nearly 15,000 dependents and 6,700 civilian employees.

The base houses a Joint Readiness Training Center and specializes in training brigade combat teams. The facility also is host to the Army’s 1st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade; 115th Corps Support Hospital; the Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital; and the 162nd Infantry Brigade.

Our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line every day and they deserve the respect they have earned. Let’s not wait until tomorrow or until the next holiday to say “thank you” once more to them.

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This editorial was written by a member of the American Press Editorial Board. Its content reflects the collaborative opinion of the Board, whose members include Bobby Dower, Jim Beam, Crystal Stevenson and Donna Price.

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