EDITORIALS

Thank a veteran on Friday

Editorial Board
Surviving WWII veterans

THE ISSUE:  Veterans Day is Friday.

WHAT WE THINK: Time is running out for many veterans, especially World War II veterans. They should not leave this world without knowing their service, their sacrifice, their bravery and their devotion were appreciated.

Outwardly Joe Miller would not strike anyone as a hero, but he is.

The 89-year-old man looks like anyone else. But, this Metamora man is a World War II veteran.

He fought at the Battle of Anzio, one of the bloodiest battles of World War II. He spent 138 days in a foxhole while fighting the Nazi’s occupying Italy.

He was inured during battle. He saw friends killed.

Miller endured hardship hard to imagine. He did it because he had devotion to his country and to preserve the freedoms we enjoy, and, too often, take for granted.

There are Joe Miller’s in every community. Veterans are a rare breed. Depending on the battles they fought they represent the front line against tyranny or terrorism.

Regardless of the time period they fought in veterans are special and often under appreciated or completely unappreciated. That is a situation easily rectified.

All it takes is asking the simple question: Are you a veteran? If the answer is yes, the response is simple, too. All it takes is five small words: “Thank you for your service.” But, hurry.

Time is running out for many veterans, especially World War II veterans. As the graph shows they are a dying breed.

They should not leave this world without knowing their service, their sacrifice, their bravery and their devotion were appreciated.