Family thankful for the troops

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2005

It’s Christmas time again. This year our family along with many others will have an empty seat at the table for Christmas dinner. For the first time in 19 years we will celebrate without our “baby” — our son who is serving in the Army in South Korea. We miss him daily, but with the holidays here the void seems even bigger.

We are so proud of him, though. We feel the sacrifice he and so many others are making is honorable and commendable. I read with interest the different views on Iraq and our soldiers in general. I do feel as Americans we are free to express our opinions, positive or negative, but it seems to me that so publicly undermining our president and the decisions he makes cannot be good for the troops who serve underneath him.

I am not saying we have to agree with him and not express our opinions if they are not favorable toward him, but we should think about the impact our words have on those who serve our country and are doing everything in their power to keep us safe.

In my opinion this includes our commander in chief. And while we may not be in agreement on all that is going on in the world, we can be united on a major issue and that is our troops. Wherever they are. We can agree that they, and our president who leads them, need our prayers.

And as the holidays approach and we have the freedom to celebrate, let us not take that freedom for granted. Let us please be reminded that it came with a price. A price that is still being paid.

As we celebrate the holidays, many of us with an empty chair, let us be thankful to those who are serving and have served so that we can celebrate in peace. God be with all of us.

Sheryl Main


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