Blowing Out Candles For Our Veterans By Emilio Justo on November 11, 2014

Every year, on my birthday, our community holds a parade.

No, it's not for me.

But it is humbling.

You see, my birthday falls on Veteran's Day. Every year, as my close-knit family gathers around to celebrate my birth, it is on a day when our entire nation - including my family - stops to honor our veterans.

My birthday could not have fallen on a more perfect day.

My family also struggled to earn our status as American citizens, when my parents brought me here as a small child, from Cuba. I never took a minute of my life as an American for granted.

I know, and I am reminded every birthday, of the sacrifice our veterans made for us all to live in the freedom we all enjoy.

So today I humbly ask for a birthday gift.

It's in the form of a moment of silence, where I simply ask that you stop to thank our veterans of every war and even in times of peace - and to thank their families, for the sacrifices they made. Take a moment to appreciate all that we have, and those who gave it to us.

To all of the veterans and their families: Thank you.

I hope you can all join me, and my family, in a slice of cake.


- Dr. Emilio M. Justo

Founder and Director

Arizona Eye Institute

& Cosmetic Laser Center

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Ophthalmologist and plastic surgeon Emilio Justo founded Arizona Eye Institute & Cosmetic Laser Center in 1989. With locations in Sun City West, Sun City, and Wickenburg, AZ, we help patients from the Phoenix area and beyond improve and maintain their vision through quality eye care. Our doctors are affiliated with prestigious organizations, including:

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