By Lori Bredemeyer, Student Reporter
Veteran’s Day is in a couple of weeks and we should plan something for that day to honor our veterans.
At my high school we had a memorial every year in tribute to the veterans. We always sang patriotic songs, and it was very touching to see all the men and women standing at the front, saluting the flag and closing their eyes in remembrance.
These people had served in the armed forces, given their time and effort to serve the US, and gone to war. They lost their limbs, their friends, their sanity. But they haven’t lost their courage, patriotism, pride or love for their country.
As war in the Middle East looms closer, I realize that people very close to me could be honored on Veteran’s Day in the future. It could be my sister or my best friends, the boy next to me in Psychology or my neighbor. They could be sent to fight in Afghanistan or Iraq.
They might return heroes; they might return to their normal lives as normal people, they might not return at all.
I have a close friend stationed in Germany right now who will be transferred to Afghanistan soon. So many bad things could happen to him over there; I fear for his safety, his well-being and his life. When he comes back to the U.S., I’m glad a day will honor him-he served for us and he deserves some recognition. We should remember our veterans every day.
They fought and are still fighting for our freedom and our peace. They are sacrificing their lives for ours.
So on Nov. 11, do something to honor the veterans. Get together with your friends and sing songs and pray for them and the men and women who are serving in the armed forces now.
Go to the Abilene memorial on Oak Street this week to meet some of the veterans. Or if nothing else, stop for a minute and think about the veterans you know. Pray for them and thank God for them. Tell them thank you and that you love them.
The world wouldn’t be the same without them.