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Thanking Our Veterans

flagHalloween's over and before we begin the headlong rush into the holidays, I'd like to take a moment to consider Veterans' Day, which is coming up next Monday, Nov 11, 2013.

While many of us may enjoy the day off, it's so much more. Growing up near Hanscom Air Force Base gave me a real appreciation for the people who serve our country in the military and all they bring to our community. I've really enjoyed the international influence they lend and never get tired of meeting people who have traveled around the globe as they represent and protect us.

Reading through their website, I learned that Hanscom began as a training field for WWII fighter squadrons. It also served as a site for testing new radar sets developed by MIT's Radiation Laboratory, leading to the emergence of Hanscom as the Air Force's center for the development and acquisition of electronic systems and the creation of a national high-technology area around Route 128 -- that industry sector that employs and benefits so many of us. The 66th Air Base Group, Hanscom's host unit, provides services to more than 3,000 active duty, Reserve and National Guard military personnel and DoD civilians who work and live at Hanscom Air Force Base and supports over 125,000 retired military personnel, annuitants and spouses living in the New England/New York area. Clearly, we have a lot to thank our veterans for!

In Bedford, the ceremony to honor veterans begins at Veterans' Memorial Park at 12 noon. And if you're looking for a way to keep active AND support our veterans, consider participating in the 4th annual AFA Veterans' Fun Run, a 5K/10K, Walk, Race or Roll Saturday, Nov 9. Funds raised through this effort support our local veterans, recently deployed troops, and their families.

I hope you will join me in a hearty and heartfelt THANK YOU to all of our veterans and active military personnel!

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