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The Cranky Old Retired Lady
Opinions, wailings and observations of a cranky, old retired lady on life after 50.

Heros Among Us
I watched one of my favorite movies this weekend.  Sergeant York.  It isn't a hugely infamous film from the 1940s  but it starred the iconic and boyishly handsome Gary Cooper.  He won an academy award for his role as York. When I see the movie it always takes me back to 5th grade and an assignment we were given to name a hero.  I thought on the question and remembered the humble, church-going World War I soldier from Tennessee portrayed in the movie and wrote down St. Alvin York.  This 5th grade memory happened in the mid sixties and the film was made and released in 1941 so not too far in the past (like it would be now).  York himself was a decorated war hero who came home to parades and fanfare on the scale of the  the great astronauts of the space program.  

Since Gary Cooper won an Academy Award for his portrayal, York  was not totally ambiguous in any sense as an American icon.  York was a farmer from "back in the hills" as my mother used to say. He had values.  He was brave.  He captured 132 German soldiers with just a handful of fellow soldiers. He was the best example of a hero I could think of--someone I admired who had faith, was brave and cared enough to risk his own life to save his fellow soldiers.  He won the congressional medal of honor. So imagine my disbelief and disappointment when my paper came back with his name crossed out and "NO" in capital letters was written beside this man's name.  I don't know why the teacher did that.  I never asked.  But that incident made me wonder what is a hero?

With Memorial Day around the corner we can count all those who are veterans or active service members as heroes in my book.  In my opinion, any person who is willing to be shot at or blown up and bleed for America is a hero.  If you are willing to die for America, you are a hero.  If you are are willing to be called names, be spit on because you wear a uniform--you are my hero.  If you are willing to leave your native land and go over seas leaving your wives, husbands and children and parents behind, you are my hero.  Whether the conflict is right or wrong, moral or immoral it takes an incredible amount of discipline and inner strength to suck up your personal feelings, put them away and go to war.  You don't always have that choice and going where you are told because it is what you have to do is a courageous act.  Fire fighters and police and first responders are much the same.  They carry out duties for the greater good despite public sentiment about who they are or what they do.  Even if someone write a big NO across your name you have meaning to me.  I admire what you stand for and the difficult, and sometimes unpopular, setting where you sometimes have to do it.    Please accept my heart felt thanks to all who serve here at home or lands far away. My freedom and safety are mine because of what you are willing to do.

That's just a cranky, old, retired lady's opinion.

PS Any hero who serves, or has served, you can  hang out on my lawn any time.

Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:22 PM by cenb

A friend of mine who was serving at Pearl Harbor when it was bombed passed away today. Touching weekend for his death and remembrance.
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