May our veterans' sacrifice not be in vain. We paid tribute to all veterans on Nov. 11, those who have provided us with the freedom and liberty we enjoy today.
We should bow our heads and thank our living God for those young heroes who stormed the beaches of Normandy and the islands of the Pacific.
Those who lay dying, crying out for their mother, are the true heroes who paid the supreme price that we would remain free from tyranny and oppression; from an enemy who attacked us and would have invaded our shores were it not for the sacrifice of these young heroes and all veterans of that bloody war.
It was their resolve that we shall remain free. Is it any wonder that they who died, and those who came home, have been called "The Greatest Generation?" Today's younger generation, many of which may have had a father or grandfather who fought and perhaps died in that great conflict, only read about it in history books because many of those still living and survived would rather forget than talk about it.
As you place the new Freedom stamp on your next letter, you will put your finger over the face of a West Virginia farm boy from Ona, Hershel "Woody" Williams. He is one of only nine surviving Medal of Honor winners.
These are ordinary men who do extraordinary things. Two of Woody's buddies died protecting him. He didn't even know their names. What heroism.
As a Korean veteran, yours truly was 9 years old when World War II started and 13 when it ended.
May today's generation and future generations always have respect for our veterans and may freedom continue to ring throughout this great land because of the price that men like Woody paid for us.
William O. Jordan