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Veterans Day

Veterans Day

T/SGT Reginald Beverly, an Army veteran of World War II, salutes during the opening of Tuesday’s ceremony in Milford presented by American Legion Post 221 honoring World War II veterans for their service on November, 11, 2008.  (Mike Morones/The Free Lance-Star)

I spent last night down in Caroline County to cover a Veterans Day ceremony honoring WWII vets. I didn’t have a chance to chat with Mr. Beverly as I needed to leave to make my deadline but I was struck by the fact that he served in a segregated army over 60 years ago, came home to separate water fountains and lunch counters and now Barack Obama is president-elect. Setting aside politics and my usual cynicism, I must say that it is a powerful and moving tribute to the good fortune we share by being born Americans.

So thank you to Mr. Beverly, my brother, my grandfather and all veterans.

-Mike Morones