Durham Grit Award

Nov. 15, 2013 @ 05:14 PM

Diana Graham, a graduate of N.C. Central University who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a member of the National Guard, offered insightful advice earlier this week when she spoke at the university on Veterans Day.

“Don’t just say, ‘Thank you for your service.’ Say, ‘How can I help you?’”

Several events in the area this past week honored members of the military who fought for our nation. President Woodrow Wilson did well to introduce Veterans Day’s precursor, and the 83rd Congress should be praised for formal establishing the day as we know it now. But as Graham pointed out, there are other things we can do throughout the year, including providing job training, hiring veterans, visiting veterans at the VA Hospital or in assisted care facilities and supporting organizations whose missions are based on ensuring veterans are cared for after their service.

We appreciate and honor the thousands upon thousands who have put themselves in harm’s way, leaving family and friends behind. This week’s Grit Award goes to them, and, again, we encourage residents to give them consideration that extends beyond an observance every Nov. 11.