Today, government and schools are closed in recognition of Veterans Day. Throughout the nation, Americans are paying tribute to the men and women whose bravery, determination and sacrifice have preserved our freedom for more than 230 years.
Locally, schools, groups and localities have been celebrating veterans for several days. Gloversville had its Veterans Day parade and ceremony Saturday, and Johnstown's ceremony took place Sunday. Both events drew crowds.
Some area schools honored veterans last week by bringing them in to meet with students.
In Amsterdam, a long-awaited new veterans monument in Veterans Field opened in time for Veterans Day, and the town of Florida dedicated its new veterans memorial Saturday.
Other local communities also recognized our veterans in recent days with various events and celebrations, and local veterans organizations conducted their annual ceremonies.
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens, who will represent all of Fulton and Hamilton counties on Jan. 1, is a veteran of the Air Force. He issued a statement for Veterans Day that spoke volumes.
"From the greatest generation to the men and women who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, we have a lot of heroes to thank today," Owens said.
"America owes its freedom, its prosperity and its way of life to the selfless sacrifice of its veterans and service members," he said. "I am grateful for all they have done to protect and build a stronger America."
We join others in saluting our veterans, and we urge our readers to remember those who continue to actively serve in our military, especially those who stand in harm's way.
If you see a veteran today, thank him or her for the freedom you enjoy.