TERRE HAUTE —
Veterans, especially from WWII, deserve our lasting thanks
On this Memorial Day, let me say how grateful I am to all of our Veterans for the sacrifices made by all of you for your country.
Sometimes holidays get lost in the shuffle and people forget what they are truly about. Many people will be putting flowers on the graves of their loved ones. Many people will be partying at the lake. Many will be listening to the 500 on Sunday. And many will just be happy to have three days off work. Memorial Day weekend is unofficially the beginning of the summer season.
I’m not trying to slight other veterans, but my main purpose in writing this is to pay tribute to our aging WWII vets.
There are so few left anymore and many of our younger people have no idea what they went through and the contribution they made to our worlds security.
If it weren’t for the aptly named “Greatest Generation,” we could possibly be a German- or Japanese-speaking nation.
With the exception of the Revolutionary War, our nation’s security was probably more threatened than at any other time in history. If not for the sacrifices of millions of young Americans, the world would probably be a totally different place today.
Many made the ultimate sacrifice and never returned home, just like many others throughout our history. Many, men and women both, stayed home and helped the war effort. Sacrifices were made by all.
I challenge the younger generation to learn what it can about this greatest generation so the memory of its deeds will not fade away.
Having grown up at the tail end of the baby boomer generation, I was raised with deep respect for what our parents, uncles and even aunts went through.
When the war was over, the soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen came home and built this country into the great nation it is today.
On this Memorial Day, I would to thank all veterans for what they have done for their country. Let us not forget those who gave all for their country.
— Robert D. Hoctor
All Bibles agree on ‘Golden Rule’
About “The Golden Rule”:
My Mom always said “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” I thought she just made it up to get us kids to take our baths.
The Bible does talk a lot about cleanliness — physical cleanliness in the Old Testament and spiritual in the New. Maybe she had something going there.
I looked up “The Golden Rule” in the Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. It said: A guiding principle, a rule of ethical conduct referring to Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31, stating “That one should do to others as he would have others do to him.”
I went to Matthew 7:12 in my KJ, NKJ, NIV, Amplified and New Spirit Filled Life Bible. All agree: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” I then went to Luke 6:31 in all copies. All agree: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
I don’t often read Liz Ciancone’s articles, and I am not holding up for her. But I truly believe that all this God Stuff is actually just a working, loving, continual relationship with God. An Almighty, Omni Present God, a Loving God, who loves us as dear children.
Are we perfect at it? No. But our job is to keep putting one foot in front of the other, going forward. God will help us, He said so. He said all we have to do is ask. Matthew 7:7-11 and John 3:16.
— Susan Baker