Soldiers make sacrifice

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 25, 2006

It’s Christmas Day, and most of us are opening gifts, enjoying time with family and eating a special meal.

But there are some local residents who are experiencing a very different holiday – our men and women serving in the armed forces.

In today’s edition, we have letters from some of these soldiers, and many of our readers have sent greetings to their loved ones overseas as well.

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There have no doubt been boxes and greetings shipped to Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea and other parts of the world.

These men and women face dangers most of us cannot imagine. They are away from home during the holidays because they made a commitment, and are honoring their duty to service.

On a daily basis, we hear news from the Middle East, particularly Iraq. It’s not usually good. In fact, there are reported deaths almost on a daily basis.

Our elected officials use the War on Terrorism for political posturing, seemingly with no concern over the effect their decisions have on people’s lives.

While we remember those in the military in a special way at Christmas, it’s important to realize this is a long-term effort. They are there – day in and day out – serving their country.

Merry Christmas to all of those who serve, and to their families who wait for their safe return.

Let’s pray that their service will make the world a more peaceful one for future generations.