Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

May 31, 2014

RAY DAY: Let's say, 'thanks,' every day

Kokomo Tribune

---- — As time goes by, we look to the things so valuable to each of us as we go through life here in America. As a nation of freedom as well as military power, we look back to the reasons we can live free.

The No. 1 reason is that our brothers and sisters will step up and fight to keep that freedom.

We have been in many wars in other countries in order to keep the ones who would like to take us down over there and not here. We have at times been hit by the enemy right here in the United States, as when Imperial Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and when terrorists attacked the Twin Towers on 9/11.

Our people stepped up and showed their colors, ready to fight back the ones who would take us down. Japan found out its attack was a bad mistake, as in the end it got taken out with The Bomb. The ones who tried it at the Twin Towers also found out we will fight back with all our strength, because we live in the best country in the world.

This is a trait most Americans have; we will fight back and with all our power and strength.

It seems throughout the world there are leaders who want to dominate another and they will go to all kinds of ways to do their evil deed. The men and women of our armed forces will reach out and hold them back, even though the odds might be against them. I have known many good men and women who either got drafted or took it upon themselves to enlist because they knew freedom is not there for them unless they are ready to step forward to keep it. Relatives went to the wars, and friends went with them as the call to arms rang throughout the land.

Freedom is not free, but without it we stand to be oppressed. We here in the greatest country in the world have to be ready to take up the fight to stay free.

It has been so hard to read one of our soldiers has died protecting our freedom and that of other countries, but we honor them because they did it for you and me. On Memorial Day this year we stood united in the fact that there have been soldiers young and old who gave their very best representing our beloved United States, and on that day we said thanks.

As holidays go, we pick one day each year to celebrate, but this old man will say thanks every day of my life to those who have served and died and those still living or serving our nation of love and freedoms that other countries do not have.

Will we as a nation under God ever find total peace, or will we have to stand tall and serve until that day when total peace is throughout the world? Only God knows. Until that time, we must be prepared and ready to do our best not only to fight for the right to be free but also to back up those great men and women who will stand in front of us to protect not only their families but their friends and neighbors.

I ask you to remember why our loved ones died in those wars. I ask you to remember those who are out there on the home front who are ready to go where needed.

Ray “Uncle Ray” Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at uncleray@earthlink.net.