Though Veterans Day looked different this year, we hope people will make an extra effort to thank all of the veterans in your own lives, as well as others in the community who have served this country in one capacity or another.

Veterans are a special group of men and women who put others ahead of themselves, often risking their own lives.

According to the Veterans Administration, there are several hundred veterans living in Socorro County alone. Thousands more men and women who have earned the designation fill the towns and cities across Ne Mexico.

A large majority of them — more than two-thirds, according to estimates — are age 55 and older. About a third of all veterans in the region are 75 or older.

While those numbers have likely changed as these veterans have aged, their impact has not lessened.

No matter what their age or service, these men and women have shown extraordinary patriotism and sacrifice for the people of this country — and many continue to show that to this day.

Despite the pandemic, many are continuing to serve at funerals or other service opportunities to help the community.

We thank them for their service, and for their families who have supported them.

We hope the spirit of honor toward these individuals continues all year.

In today’s newspaper, we are featuring the photos of dozens of those who have served in the armed forces.

Most of the usual parades and ceremonies that would have recognized their service have been canceled in the face of pandemic restrictions.

Still, we hope if you have a flag, you will continue to fly it.

If you know a veteran, say thank you — today, tomorrow and every day.