Veterans Day Is A Day To Honor The Living

Paul Comauex, News Reporter

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There is Memorial Day…

…and then there’s Veterans Day.

Both days are dedicated to the men and women in the military.

But one is for the deceased…

…and the other is for the retired.

Many of us, as civilians, may have celebrated the holidays incorrectly – when we’ve chosen to celebrate them at all – by telling a military veteran, “Happy Memorial Day.” One could imagine they might be offended that you’re already considering them dead.

Someone who knows the difference is SFC (Retired) Sal Reyes, US Army JROTC Instructor here at Weston Ranch. Reyes allowed his JROTC cadets to explain that Memorial Day is for fallen soldiers while Veterans Day, which we celebrate on Saturday, Nov. 11, is for the living.

With Veterans Day being commemorated with events throughout the weekend, The Prowl thought this would be the best time to get insight about the United States military from military veterans.

Reyes has a very positive view of his time in active service.

“The military had its ups and downs,” Reyes said. “It’s like school: Sometimes you wanna go, sometimes you don’t.”

Due to his time in the military, Reyes said learned, “How to deal with kids.”

To have success in the military, Reyes said, requires “strong character, a willingness to work, and [the ability to] take constructive criticism.”

Weston Ranch Instructor and military veteran Miguel Torrente, loved his time in active service.

“I got everything I wanted,” Torrente said, adding that he loved being in the military.

“They aren’t going to baby you,” Torrente said, “You can get yourself anywhere in the military through hard work.”

This Veterans Day, when you’re sitting back and relaxing or planning to go out to party, take a moment to remember our military veterans and the work they’ve put in to keep us free.

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