Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

June 5, 2014

OUR VIEW: Take advantage of opportunities to say thanks to vets

Glasgow Daily Times

GLASGOW — There cannot be too many reasons or occasions to express our appreciation and respect for the United States’ military veterans. Although we recently observed Memorial Day, we encourage southcentral Kentuckians to again honor family, friends and neighbors who served during a pair of World War II commemorations this week.

Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when thousands of Allied troops landed on the beach at Normandy, France, and began – at the cost of more than 9,000 Allied lives – the push into Europe. Survivors of the battle dwindle in number with each passing year, as are all veterans of World War II. There are a few who call our area home, however, and we hope they receive the attention and thanks they deserve on this anniversary.

Meanwhile, the first Midway Island Reunion in Barren County began Thursday and continues through the weekend with events around the region. The gathering is the result of the dedication of many people, and a handful of survivors of the Battle of Midway in June 1942 – a key moment in the war’s Pacific theater – are expected to attend from around the country.

We’re proud that Glasgow is the central point of the reunion’s activities, and we’re honored to host and celebrate these veterans and their families in our city. We’re sure the visitors will experience nothing but the warmest welcome during their stay, and we applaud the organizers for putting together this observance of such an important moment in our nation’s history.