Letters (Oct. 30, 2013)

Serving the U.S. without a gun

Soon we will see the full-page ads in many newspapers observing Veterans Day. It is always ?lest we forget.? Not to take away anything from those names, but some things strike me about the way this is done.

First, I wish we would honor the original meaning of what is now Veterans Day. The original day of Nov. 11 was Armistice Day, the last day of World War I when the peace treaty was signed to end the war. It was on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Since World War I was so horrible, it was called ?the war to end all wars.? The 11th hour is symbolic that it was thought to be our last chance for world peace. So, I wish we would remember what Nov. 11 was originally meant for?a worldwide day of peace.

We often say ?lest we forget? those who served. But there is one group of those who served the country in war time who is always forgotten. There were those in government service, who sometimes risked their lives, but are always left out of the full-page ads. Those who were willing to serve the country, but because of their deeply held religious beliefs, did not carry a gun. Those were the conscientious objectors in Civilian Public Service, 1-W, and other capacities.

Not that they were simply afraid. Some of them risked and even gave their lives. You cannot deny the courage of those who were smoke jumpers, the forest fire-fighting ?hotshots? of their day.

There were those in the Great Starvation Experi?ment who volunteered to starve to replicate the effects of the concentration camp victims.

There were the ?guinea pigs? who volunteered at the National Insti?tutes of Health to be injected with anthrax and other dread diseases, to study the effects.

There were relief workers who carried food to refugees in live fire zones.

Yes, you cannot deny the courage of those brave men, and I wonder if any young people would do the same today.

So, we?ll soon see the full-page ads. But keep in mind Armistice Day as originally a day of peace. And let?s remember and thank those who served their country but did so within their deeply held religious beliefs without a gun.

There were significant numbers of them from Marion County. And it?s time they were recognized, too.

Brian D. Stucky

Goessel

Grant funds help kids participate

Another year has whizzed by. It is already time to start applying for next year?s Hills?boro Community Foun?dation grant.

We would like to formally thank the Hillsboro Com?munity Foundation board members for awarding us another grant for our After School programs this past year.

The money the board gives us impacts our students in so many ways. The majority of the money we received will go to students who would like to participate in the Hillsboro Recreation Commission activities, but don?t have the money for the registration fees.

With last year?s money spent, it seems important to let the community know what we do with this money and how much we appreciate this grant.

This past year we helped students participate in JAM basketball, soccer, flag football, cheerleading camp, gymnastics, baseball, swim team and swim lessons. We also fund the elementary school chess club and fund snacks for other after school clubs.

Mike Moran,

coordinator of

After School Programs