Honor America’s patriots
The one message we never get tired of delivering is that freedom is not free — that there has been and continues to be an extraordinary price paid in terms of American lives to protect our borders and our national security.
That fact makes it sad that most Americans pay nothing more than lip service to our country’s greatest heroes. One of the sacrifices that many could make — attending a Memorial Day ceremony next Monday, May 27 — often takes a distant second to fishing, golf and general relaxation on a holiday weekend.
We are all being asked to take an hour out of our schedules to attend a Memorial Day service. There we will remember the young men and women who so courageously said goodbye to family and friends, hugged their children, left their towns, gave up their jobs and went off to war. They said they’d return, but they never came home.
The wounds are horribly fresh for those families who lost loved ones in the War on Terror or the war in Iraq. Yet all of our fallen heroes deserve respect and gratitude, all the way back to the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.
We hope all able-bodied citizens will help veterans groups as they deliver the heart-wrenching message about the true price paid for the freedoms we enjoy in these United States. The responsibility to do so was clearly placed upon the American people on that first Memorial Day proclamation in May 1868:
“Let us then, at the time appointed, gather around their sacred remains, and garland the passionless mounds about them with choicest flowers of springtime; let us in this solemn preserve renew our pledge to aid and to assist those whom they have left among us as a sacred charge upon the nation’s gratitude — the soldier’s widow and orphan.”
Those of us who can take the day off as a holiday are enjoying a free society in a secure nation because millions have responded to the call of duty. Come and see the patriots of America as they are honored once again. Hear taps played in their memory.
Vilas’ ATV referendum
Vilas County’s legislative and judicial committee voted 3-2 recently to forward to the full county board a resolution that would allow all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on a portion of County Highway D in the town of Lac du Flambeau.
Though the resolution asks for a route that is just seven-tenths of a mile in length, opponents of ATV use on county highways and county land are right that just one exception defying the 2004 referendum vote could open the door to similar proposals elsewhere.
ATV advocates in Phelps are waiting for such a precedent to be set, for they have been wanting to use portions of County Highway A as a route for these off-road vehicles.
We believe the Vilas County Board should abide by the referendum vote that was nearly 2-to-1 in opposition of ATVs on county highways or land, until such time as a new vote shows that public opinion has changed.
Behind the editorial ‘we’
Members of the Vilas County News-Review editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.
|Tuesday, May 21, 2013 1:36 PM|