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Letter: Holidays are a reminder of war heroes’ sacrifice

Holidays are a reminder of war heroes’ sacrifice

Even though we’re constantly bombarded with negativity and divisiveness, it’s important to remember what unites us and how much we have to be thankful for in this country.

Veterans Day and Thanksgiving remind us that each American generation has stepped up, sacrificed and answered “the call” in some way. Those who served during World War I were no exception.

While solidifying our position as a global power, immigration and our national diversity were increasing. The “face” of the American Doughboy (and girl) represented our growth. People still come to America for a better life and greater opportunity.

When the American Expeditionary Forces helped break the Hindenburg Line, the world map was redrawn and the foundation of “The American Century” was laid.

Not long ago, the nation rallied to build the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. In 2013, Congress authorized the United States World War I Centennial Commission to establish a National World War I Memorial in Pershing Park on Pennsylvania Avenue. Its intent: To honor the sacrifices of those who served in one of history’s largest conflicts.

The target date for the opening of the National World War I Memorial is Nov. 11, 2018. Information about the World War I Centennial Commission and fundraising can be found at: The Buffalo History Museum has World War I exhibits titled, “For Home and Country” and “The Posters that Sold the War.”

As the 100th anniversary of the Armistice approaches, the American people should be aware of this important project!

The America of the future may be unrecognizable if the America of the present forgets the America of the past.

Derek M. Sansone


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