Veterans showed, deserve respect

The Veterans Day ceremonies at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen was heavily attended by veterans, from World War II right up to current servicemen and women, all of whom proudly displayed their colors. Military leaders, as well as the usual cast of local dignitaries, paid homage to those in attendance, those who could not attend and those heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice and whose spirits made everyone attending feel nothing less than true gratitude.

New Hampshire politics was well represented by Gov. Maggie Hassen, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter and Ann Kuster. Each took their turn to speak and each paid homage to the sacrifices made by veterans everywhere. Yet some, on the heels of a government shutdown that created unnecessary hardships for many veterans – as well as current servicemen and women and their families – found it in themselves to speak of promises, bipartisanship and what “should be” proper support for veterans, proper medical care for returning warriors, jobs, homes, etc.

There is an anger and disappointment in this nation. People are tired of rhetoric and no group should be more disappointed than veterans. Yet not one angry comment was shouted and not one rebuff was voiced during the speeches. Respect was shown by all, even though many have much to be angry about.

It’s time that these leaders show as much respect to the true heroes as the true heroes showed to them on this day. Just get it done.

Robert Hug