Nov 11, 2015 4:18 PM

Landrigan: Bernie Sanders takes time off from typical stumping to honor Veterans Day

LEBANON - "Today here in Lebanon and all across this country in large cities and small towns at just this moment, 11 o’clock people are saying a profound thank you to the millions of men and women who have put their lives on the line to defend our country,’’ Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said.

Sorry political junkies, this was not your typical Bernie Sanders on the stump, no rants against billionaires, no war on Wall Street just a grateful American giving a shout out to those who wore the uniform.

"And we know especially from Iraq and Afghanistan many men and women have come back wounded in body and in spirit,’’ Sanders told reporters after his Veterans Day speech.

Sanders got plenty of love in the Upper Valley city from well-wishes just over the border from his home state of Vermont.

"I’m glad there are so many young people because it’s important they understand the sacrifices these men and women have made,’’ Sanders said.

The former Senate Veterans Affairs Committee chairman says parents, spouses and children are too often ignored.

"Let us not forget that families also sacrificed,’’ Sanders stressed.

And Sanders’ bottom line is a simple one; Hey America, don’t let the vets down.

"If we are serious about our patriotism and about defending those who defended us it means that all of our veterans get the benefits and health care they need,’’ Sanders said.

No brass band, no 21-gun salute but a solemn ceremony and a candidate who wanted to pay homage and not play politics on this important day.


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