This week I was privileged to have a hero set through one of my classes. He was a soldier, the husband of one of my students, home for a short leave before returning to Iraq. Yes, I consider him a hero. I consider all of our soldiers heroes who put their lives on the line to protect freedom and democracy.
I am appalled by the behavior towards our soldiers of many of those who disagree with the war in which we now find ourselves engaged. It is possible to debate whether or not the war on terror which is being fought in Iraq and Afghanistan is a just war. Honorable people can disagree. However, honorable people should honor our troops regardless of their opinion of the war.
On the other hand, I am also impressed by the tremendous outpouring of support from every imaginable source; school children send letters of support, communities provide care for family members left here at home, books are collected and mailed, and prayers are offered up to God for their protection and well-being.
Many businesses with social consciences have also participated in supporting our troops. One such business is Larson Electronics located in Kemp, Texas which operates magnalight.com . They have been donating hid lights to units in Iraq which are charged with clearing IEDs at night.
On Sunday’s This Week television show, John McCain stated that Americans are not so concerned about how long we stay in Iraq as they are about the loss of life. I am grateful to Larson Electronics for doing what they can go help prevent the loss of American lives.