Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

April 27, 2013

RAY DAY: Price of freedom is war


— One of my young readers emailed me. He said he enjoyed reading my articles about the past, and how the hardships turn into happier times in the next generation.

He asked me why I don’t mention anything about the wars that happened during that time. He said his folks will not discuss that subject with him because of losing members of their family in wars.

Well, the main reason is that wars have been fought since the beginning of time as we know it, and to reflect upon it would bring a lot of heartache to those who lost a family member in such a conflict.

But in a sense, I guess I have avoided that part of my life because it really hurts to remember that people have to take sides and kill others in order for one man to become the master of others. I have always tried to be a peacemaker. I have always believed we all need to work together to reach a common goal, without losing what we believe in.

Being an American is something I am proud of. I don’t like war, but sometimes we have to stand up and be counted and protect what is ours. In order to be free, you have to be ready to fight for it.

If you asked me what I think about one killing another in war, I would say life is so important and the freedom to live that right of life as you want it, sometimes the killings in war are part of that freedom.

I read about WWI, and lived during WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam. There has been some good from them, but we still lost many good men and women.

North Korea right now is flexing its nuclear power and needs to be stopped. As to those places we have been in the last 10 years, my thought is we have not accomplished much except losing good soldiers. It is my opinion we should pull out all our remaining troops and bring them home. Let our babies grow up with their fathers and mothers at home, to hold and love.

We here in the United States have been very fortunate to have had our brothers and sisters willing to lay down their lives, so that the rest of us can be free. I have respect for all those soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen who went out to protect us and our rights.

So if you ask if I think war is important, I would say the ones we fought before my time were important because, without them, I wouldn’t be able to write down the words of this article. I would not be able to speak without the fear of being taken down and beaten. I wouldn’t be able to go where I wanted to and do what I wanted to.

No, I don’t like war. But sometimes we have to do what we don’t like.

To those who gave their lives so that we would be free, and to those who are there to fight for our freedom now and in the future, I say thanks and God bless all of you.

To those who sit back and enjoy life as it is now, you’d better be prepared for that time when we will have to go back to defending ourselves. Life without a defense makes us a country without hope.

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