LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — In a modern society where our idols are sports stars, musicians and actors and our heroes wear masks on the silver screen, it’s an unfortunate truth that the real heroes are often all but forgotten.
True heroes don’t wear capes and they aren’t vigilantes. They wear uniforms and are bound by a code of honor that most people will never fully understand or comprehend.
Real heroes are the men and women of the armed forces, who willingly go to the worst places on earth to do things that haunt their thoughts and dreams for the rest of their lives. They make these sacrifices willingly and for little pay, traveling far from home to lands where people don’t want them there and often hate them for being there. They put their lives on the line, constantly facing danger and frequently watching as their brothers and sisters in arms die far from home.
They don’t choose where or when they go, they leave family and friends behind all to fight for an idea that most people take for granted, freedom.
Throughout the history of this great nation countless men and women have paid the ultimate sacrifice and on this Veteran’s Day I choose to remember my friends who made the trip home in a box rather than greeting their loved ones and returning to a normal life.
These men and women hold a special place in my heart. They are people that I will always love and remember as dear friends. They are people I shared my proudest and happiest moments with; they were there for me during the hard times and the good times. We were comrades and many of them are no longer here.
Although gone, the memories of these brave people will live on with those who served beside them. Often, these people were the bravest and toughest people I’ve ever had the honor of meeting. They knew the risk and accepted the possibility that they might not make it out alive.