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Pioneer Editorial: A special day to thank our veterans

Veterans are the backbone of our great nation.

While there are days throughout the year to appreciate and thank them for their military service, none is more poignant than today.

Consider these numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau: About 7.4 percent of Americans, or nearly 22.9, are military veterans.

In Minnesota, there are about 401,000 veterans, or 7.6 percent of the population.

Just more than 4,000 of those veterans live here in Beltrami County, making up 9.1 percent of our population.

Our military and their families have sacrificed lives, limbs and more to secure freedom for all of us. Take a moment, every chance you get, to thank them for their service, particularly today on Veterans Day.