"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Nick Simonette.
The United States of America was born with both a Declaration and a Battle for Independence.
Throughout our history, we've defended our nation and fought for the freedoms of other nations.
And while we would never choose war over peace, neither have we shied away from those who would do us, or others, harm.
On Monday, November 11th, we will once again salute those who have fought our country's battles.
Veterans Day is set aside for us to honor both our current and former members of the military.
This Saturday, the town of Mint Hill dedicates a new North Carolina Korean War Veterans Memorial.*
Several years in the making, this memorial pays tribute to the men and women who served our country so well in this early 1950s conflict.
It's been financed by personal and business donations and the selling of stone pavers remembering those veterans.
Granite columns list the names of those who died in service to their country during the war.
If you'd like to visit the (North Carolina Korean War Veterans) Memorial, it's located just off I-485 on N.C. Hwy. 218 in Mint Hill. Admission is free.
As we approach Veterans Day 2013, please remember those who have served our nation so nobly.
If you know a veteran or see a man or woman in uniform, please take time to reach your hand out and say "Thank You."
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