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Nihad Awad

Honoring Veterans Through Actions, Not Mere Words

By Nihad Awad

[Nihad Awad is national executive director of the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization. He may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

President John F. Kennedy once said: "As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." 

Another president, Abraham Lincoln, wrote, "Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause."

We can best honor our nation's veterans through deeds, not mere words.

There are more than 20 million American veterans, many of whom are suffering or in need of assistance.

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