Notebook: Veterans' Day
Almost all of us know a veteran. The Veterans Administration counts more than seven million of them in this country.
When I was a little kid growing up, they were our fathers, uncles and brothers. They'd been in World War II and Korea, came home and started families. To have served was considered routine -- and honorable.
The all-volunteer army means that people now step up by choice, with mothers, sisters and daughters beside fathers, brothers and sons.
They're fighting a war where the battle lines aren't neatly drawn.
The men and women who go into combat now face dangers our fathers and grandfathers never imagined. And they do it with a selflessness that we shouldn't take for granted.
No matter where you stand on the war, politics has no role when it comes to saluting these heroes.
On Tuesday, we saw democracy working.
Tomorrow, Veteran's Day, we should be grateful for those who fought and died for that democracy.
That's a page from my notebook.