Honor vets and their families
These are dismal times, a troubled economy, a vicious election process. Conflict is all around us. The world is seemingly broken. There are high stress levels. People tell us the sky is falling in, doom and gloom. Everything further distances us from how many of us grew up, feeling patriotic, hopeful and optimistic. It becomes increasingly difficult to focus on the really important things in our lives, who we are as a people and as a nation, what got us where we are, and those who sacrificed so much in order for that to happen.
Here’s an idea. The Roseburg and Douglas County community have so much to give thanks for, even with the difficulties we face. One way is to perhaps reassure and rekindle what America is truly about and help us feel a little better about ourselves, our families, our community and our nation. Attend the Veterans Day Parade downtown on Nov. 12, and the subsequent awards ceremony.
We can honor all veterans and their families for the many ways in which they have affected our lives. We don’t realize often enough that they have provided us with the basic freedoms, liberty and opportunities that are literally not readily available in so many areas of the world. The United States without its armed services would simply not exist today. Currently, there are forces in the world that would love nothing better than to destroy this country.
What the heck, wave a flag, it isn’t going to hurt you. Clap and yell at the various parade entries. It doesn’t cost a dime. Get back in touch, even if briefly, with patriotism, optimism and belief in America. You’ll feel better.
Michael F. Hendricks