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.
Some will take the time next Monday, May 26, to observe Memorial Day by attending a ceremony that honors the sacrifices made by our country’s greatest heroes. And to those patriots, we thank you for giving up some time to show veterans and their families that not all Americans take our war heroes for granted.
It is a day to remember and honor the war dead of the past 237 years, going all the way back to a revolution that made possible the idea of the United States of America. Hundreds of thousands of our best served us with everything they had.
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, which included fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet all of our fallen heroes deserve respect and gratitude.
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.
One more message
If we could grab the attention of the 190 graduating seniors at Northland Pines, Three Lakes and Phelps, we would urge them to be humble enough to thank their parents, teachers and the entire community.
Parents and guardians have made some incredible sacrifices to see the Class of 2014 through to graduation, not to mention helping them with homework and following extracurricular activities of all kinds.
We’d urge them to take the time to thank the teachers, counselors, administrators and coaches who have nurtured their education for 13 years. We have some of the nation’s best teachers in the three schools here.
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 20, 2014 9:40 AM|