Americans down through the generations have been free to pursue their lives and interests because of the millions of men and women who have served honorably in the U. S. military since 1776. Horse Racing Business salutes them on Veterans Day 2012.

The recent presidential campaign was the first time in my recollection that none of the major-party candidates for president and vice president was a military veteran. In an era when the vast majority of the people in the United States did not serve, it is easy to forget the debt owed by so many to so few.

Many brave souls made the ultimate sacrifice.