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This soldier was a young man who I’ve known since he was a baby. And he was spending his first Christmas away from home in the “community building” in Iraq. The war became personal then for me as I worried for his safety. I was sorry that the war hadn’t been more personal, long before then. But, when you are not actually at war, you can’t live each day with thoughts of war in your heart.
Yet, I am a peace lover filled with gratitude for this country’s warriors, past and present.
I’m thinking maybe today, of all days, we should take just a moment to think about our soldiers everywhere, past and present. For me that includes a nephew serving half-way around the world, in Germany, doing his part for our country.
We send them off, most often to do battle, or at least readying for battle, so we can spend our time hugging our children, raking our lawns and answering our email.
I hope we can remember them everyday. But, I think the least we can do is remember them today. Make it a goal. Hug a vet on this Veteran’s Day, if you can. If you can’t, keep your eyes open so that the next time you meet a veteran, you can personally thank them for their service. Thank them for putting their lives on the line for all of us, so we can go about our business trying to pick out a darned breakfast cereal.
Don’t you think it’s the least we can do?
Contact Features Editor Michele DeLuca at 282-2311, ext. 2263.