THUMBS UP: Today, on Veterans Day, we dole out a thumb (way up), a salute and a heartfelt thank-you to those who served. We encourage readers to thank veterans, too. It won’t be hard to find them as there are many in our community. Carroll’s demographics include some 12,000 veterans — more than 7 percent of the county’s population, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Carroll County Public Schools has done a nice job honoring veterans, inviting them into many schools the past few days to talk to students and to have students pay them tribute. Among the Veterans Day events going on today, the Monocacy Valley Memorial VFW Post 6918 in Taneytown will host its annual Veterans Day Observance at 11 a.m.; Integrace Fairhaven in Sykesville will host its 21st annual Veterans Day Reception from 3 to 6 p.m.; and American Legion Post 31 in Westminster will host a Veterans Day Ceremony, honoring all who served, from 1 to 2 p.m. We wanted to profile a veteran on Veterans Day, but we found we couldn’t stop at just one, so we turned our Veterans Day coverage into a four-day celebration. On Friday, we featured Michael Yaggy, who served as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam. Today, Dr. Sarah Lentz, a U.S. Air Force surgeon in Iraq. On Sunday, it will be Larry Burbank, an Army aviator who flew helicopters in Vietnam and Monday will bring Landon Becker, a U.S. Army staff sergeant in Afghanistan and Iraq. They are only a few of the many inspiring stories of veterans living among us we hope to tell through Nov. 11, 2018, the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I and a national holiday that became Veterans Day in 1954.