Editorial: Thank you, veterans

By on November 14, 2013

It’s an age-old question: what would you do for your country? How far would you be willing to go to ensure the United States’ safety and prosperity? How much is your freedom worth to you?

Honestly, those are questions many of us won’t ever have to seriously consider—as non-military, it’s unlikely we’ll be asked to be put in a position where we may have to make the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

We’re afforded the luxury of not having to put our lives on the lines for our country, and that’s because of the brave men and women who have actively sought out the opportunity to serve in the United States’ armed forces. For these men and women, the question of “what would you do to protect your country?” needs only a simple response.

“Whatever it takes.”

Veterans Day was Monday, and we had the privilege of being in attendance for the flag-raising cremony at Kaneland John Stewart Elementary. We also had the privilege of sharing in the moment with several men and women who have committed to do what is necessary to protect the United States of America, and we couldn’t have been prouder to share the same space with such heroes. What an honor.

To the veterans in the Kaneland Community and beyond, we thank you for everything you’ve done for this country. Your courage is immeasurable; your strength and committment infallible. And it’s safe to suggest that this country, as well as the rest of the world, would be a very different place without your respective contribution.

Happy Veterans Day from the Elburn Herald.