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Veterans Day salute

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - With San Diego's strong military ties, Veterans Day has special meaning in America. Larry Himmel takes a moment to pay his respects to vets for their contributions.

We remain a nation divided

Beset by economic woes.

But locked in solidarity

One thing everybody knows.


Our fighting men and women

Are the best that they can be.

There to ensure our freedom

Guardians protecting you and me.


See, real heroes don't hit homers

Or score a touchdown run

They face suicide bombers

Or stare down the barrel of a gun.


Soldiers who fight for liberty.

Men and women who serve with pride.

Driven by love of country

Putting petty politics aside.


They fight in unpopular conflicts

In hellholes around the earth.

Like their comrades before them

They know what freedom's worth.


We think about their families

So far from those they love

And wish them safe return

And all the blessings from above.


To all of our local veterans

No matter where you served.

Our undying gratitude is

The least that you deserve.


And for those who died in battle

And those they left behind.

May they be always in our hearts

And forever on our mind.


We thank your for your service

On this your special day.

For your many sacrifices

To preserve the American way.


You're the essence of a hero

Standing proud and tall.

You represent the best of us

For answering your country's all.


Of the things we stand for

This great nation as a whole

Let us remember that

Wars do take their toll.


While we enjoy our freedom

Let us never once forget.

It wouldn't all be possible

If it wasn't for a vet.

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