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We were extremely pleased Monday when, finally, an American president, speaking at the hallowed grounds of Arlington Cemetery, apologized for the lack of action the government of the United States took in welcoming back home the heroes who fought and shed their blood during the Vietnam conflict.

That was a time when all of us allowed a group of radical anti-war protesters to hurl insults and even spit upon our returning veterans. Shame on those of us who stood by and let that happen. We can only take solace in the fact time heals most wounds.

For those of us who personally lived through that era and for those who fought in the horror that was the Vietnam conflict, the apology given by the president was certainly appropriate.

On Sunday, we ran a story about one of those heroes, Tommy Clack. Captain Clack is a triple amputee who was given up for dead on numerous occasions.

After his return home, Clack became an advocate for his fellow veterans, recently retiring after 47 years of service to his country, including the past 18 serving as Veterans Services director for our seven-county region.

"I trust when I am gone that I am remembered for giving more than I've taken," Clack said. "That's what I want to be remembered for in life."

Captain Clack, we believe you'll have no trouble being remembered for your noble goal in life. It's heroes like you who make our country not only secure, but great as well.