With Nov. 11 fast approaching, how will you celebrate Veterans Day? Will you take time out to thank a vet? Buy a vet a meal and listen to his or her story? Set aside prayer time to pray for our soldiers still in Iraq and Afghanistan?
All soldiers who join the Armed Services clearly state they are willing to die for their fellow soldiers, their country or a stranger in a foreign land. “Brave” and “selfless” are two of the many positive adjectives you can use to describe vets.
I believe the American soldier represents the battle of good versus evil. If this seems overstated, study the lives of Jews under Hitler, Japanese under Tojo, Chinese under Mao, Russians under Stalin, Cambodians under Pol Pot, North Koreans under Kim Il Sung, Iraqis and Kurds under Saddam, or Afghanis under Mullah Omar. Our soldiers fought against those leaders who slaughtered between 90 million and 120 million people. Most of those killed were citizens of the countries ruled by those dictators.
Politicians and ideologues use rhetoric to distort our military’s success. Make no mistake, if our troops used every tool and the full force of the U.S. Armed Forces, they’d wipe out the enemy and experience far fewer American deaths. Instead, our soldiers display unimaginable restraint and compassion to help protect and rebuild for those incapable of defending themselves.
Anyone who is grateful for our veterans, be purposeful in your celebration of Veterans Day. Let’s do the right thing for our vets. Please offer simple acts of kindness in exchange for years of sacrifice.
We welcome all veterans to Culver’s of Rock Falls and Dixon for a free dessert of their choice from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 11.
Note to readers – Jason M. Roe is the owner/operator of Culver’s in Dixon and Rock Falls.