Email Insights: Don Gaetz says Veterans Day should stay “fresh” in minds, hearts

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It may be just a day off for many, but for Senate President Don Gaetz and more than 2.5 million volunteers who stepped up to defend the United States, Veterans Day is always “fresh.”

In Gaetz’s holiday email message, “fresh” means feelings and memories of veterans are “very real, sometimes searing and painful,” as they witnessed friends and brothers in arms fall, never to get up.

Gaetz notes one such hero: Sgt. Joe Deslauriers, who “pulled himself up straight in his wheelchair to thank the community for his new ‘Home for a Hero’ in Destin.”

Some veterans have wounds you can see — like Deslauriers – while others need a closer look to see the ravages of war, such as thousands where “traumatic brain injuries (that) impair their actions but cannot quench their spirits.”

In Gaetz’s North Florida district, there are “old soldiers” who stand up first and straightest when the Flag passes, and they are first to honor and thank those young warriors marking a new, fresh Veterans Day.

Whether “old” soldiers or new ones just returning home, Veterans Day should always be “fresh,” says Gaetz, as should our gratitude for their sacrifice.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.