A date worth remembering

Military sacrifices should be honored every day 

Venne and others made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Other sacrifices are less apparent.

Tom Bain of Putnam, who plans to retire from active Army service this June after 23 years, recently noted the sacrifices of his family.

“The service to my country is not a solo event,” he said. “I have to give great credit to my wife of 20 years, Christine, and my children, Tommy and Caitlin. Without their support, a career in the military would not have been possible. I am eternally grateful for the support they gave me throughout the years and am sorry for the sacrifices and challenges they faced in my many absences.”

A chief warrant officer, Bain has served around the world as a helicopter pilot. There are thousands of men and women like him — and families like his — serving our nation while asking so little in return.

So, Feb. 19 let’s honor Ray Tolar’s request. Let’s take a moment to think about the men, women and families, past and present, who have demonstrated the greatest ideal of our nation — the willingness to sacrifice for others.

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