Thoughts: others

THOUGHTS
by
JUST GENE
about
OTHERS

Looking at the month of August, I realized there was no holiday for this month. I know a group of people who deserve one – all the families of our military. These mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters, suffered and cried and prayed. We need a national day of recognition in which to honor them. I believe that a perfect date would be August 8th, so easy to remember i.e. 8-8.

Their heroism began the day their loved ones were sent into harms way – their worrying, their anxiety, their praying that they will be coming home but in what condition. Some come home dead and the family suffers this agony and the funeral – some come home with varying injuries and have to suffer the indignation their loved ones receive from the Veteran Administration and more die and must be buried. Many of the brave that do make it home have serious injuries that will last a lifetime, with not only the veteran suffering but all their families.

Whatever happened to the stars that were once hung in the windows of a house showing a family member was in the military? The star indicating a member in the service was blue – we need a purple one for any who were injured, a red one for all those retired and a black one to indicate one had died, either on duty or retired. Are these stars still available?

We don’t want to wait for the government to do this nor should we – this should be a grass roots effort so WE THE PEOPLE can properly say THANK YOU. I hope and pray with all my heart every person who receives this say THANK YOU to a family who had a member in the military, and if possible, buy them a star, I believe August 8th will become recognized across the country and without government involvement because WE THE PEOPLE do care.