Also worthy of note is that in addition to the general public, all veterans are invited to the Syracuse gala. That’s significant.
U.S. military deployments are unique in terms of adversaries, goals, locales and timeframes. Warring parties change. Fields of conflict change. Public opinion on right or wrong tilts pro and con, left and right; sometimes, apathy is the prevailing sentiment.
One aspect, though, remains constant: sacrifice by the combatants.
We appreciate the people who take stock of the members of our armed forces. We herald those for whom Veterans Day and Memorial Day are more than dates marked in small type on calendars — and who pay heed to service regardless of what day it is.
More importantly, though, we all must thank the past and present armed forces members who are or were in harm’s way in service to their country. Praise is due to those among us today. Honor and remembrance are due to those who never got to come back.
An important message is being sent today in Syracuse. It’s brevity does no injustice to eloquence.