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Thank you to all veterans for service to our nation

By Tim Linscott
Managing Editor
This week we are publishing something a bit new in the Tribune Sentinel, a very personal tribute to veterans.
Every year I would publish at my former publication, and several I worked for before that, a Valentine’s Day salute. Photos of grandchildren, children, spouses, and even pets, were included in this salute, complete with personal messages.
Seeing this every year, I noticed once in a while a wife would put her son’s military picture or a photo of her husband when he served. This inspired me to publish a similar ‘sweetheart’ message but for veterans.
Included was the name, rank and years served along with the branch of military and a special message from the family. We have the Tribune Sentinel version in this year and I hope it grows in future years. There are times when we should say thank you. Such times are when someone opens a door for you, gives you a present or does a favor for you.
Veterans have done all of these things for each and every citizen of this nation. They have opened the door to democracy and freedom, never letting tyranny in and protecting our rights.
The present veterans have given us the solemn oath that the gift of life that God gave them, they would gladly spend to keep this nation free and keep liberty shining throughout the globe.
Veterans have done a favor for us in sacrificing everything they have, their families, careers and lives so that we can enjoy many freedoms, like the freedom of press, freedom of religion, freedom of speech and have the privilege of living in the greatest nation ever created.
I want this page to be a chance for people to say thank you to their relatives and loved ones for their duty to this nation and honor those who have served in times of war and peace.
I am honoring my father, Burt Linscott, who served during Korea in the United States Marines. I, unfortunately, could not enter the military due to several health issues, however, that does not mean I was not raised under the watchful eye of a Marine.
There were many Marine doctrines and beliefs my father instilled in all of us kids, honor being one of the foremost. As a youth, whenever I would screw up, he’d look at me and ask, ‘Is that how we act?’ I knew what he meant. ‘Is this honorable?’ is what he was trying to say and I was able to figure it out and try to live up to his standard of honor. I am just now, nearly five years after his passing, learning the extent of his sense of honor and all that it meant for myself and my entire family.
My uncle Pete served in the Marines and was a drill sergeant for many years. Family is very important and the other day I found a photograph of my father and uncle in San Diego in 1953.
“Brothers, and good ones, too,” is written on the back. Pete and Burt were brothers by blood, but also by the bond of being a veteran and a Marine.
Whenever my uncle would leave after a visit he’d extend his hand for a handshake and say to my father, “Well, Marine.”
My father always looked up to his big brother, but once they both entered the military, there was a different kind of bond.
They carried this bond with them through their lives and is something all veterans share.
Family, honor and appreciation of freedom is something I have learned from all veterans. I want to say ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has served past, present and future in the military for their service. God Bless each and every one of you.