As a nation, we too often forget.
We commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the Iraq war’s start, but still we forget.
When we see them walking in uniform amongst us, we may thank our military men and women. We let them step in front of us in line, or we buy their meal, if we’re thinking, if we’re not in too much of a rush, but often, even when our intentions are good, we still forget.
We place stickers advocating our Armed Forces on our cars, without really thinking of the meaning behind the words, “We Support Our Troops.” We’ve seen these stickers for so long that we now see them without really seeing them at all, and still we forget.
Yet, on today’s front page is a reminder. One well worth noting, despite the nation’s oversight in remembering, despite our willingness to forget.
We forget we are at war.
We forget that uniformed American men and women are still being deployed into harm’s way. We forget that members of our own community are still making the sacrifices to fulfill their sworn pledges of duty, risking all to keep our nation safe.
On Tuesday, 350 members of Moody Air Force Base deployed overseas. Three-hundred-and-fifty members of our community have gone there to fight for you, me, and all the rest of us.
While they are away, their families will celebrate birthdays without them, their children will grow a few inches without them, their spouses will manage the jobs of mother and father without them.
And these families will never once stop worrying for their uniformed loved one overseas. Their families will never forget, not for a moment, where their loved ones are and what they are doing.
Nor should we.
Three-hundred-and-fifty Americans left these United States Tuesday. Three-hundred-and-fifty of what makes our nation and our community great have left South Georgia.
As a nation and a community, we are diminished in their absence, but we are ennobled by their sacrifice.
That’s something we should all remember.
As a nation, we too often forget.
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Qualifying a horse race
With the announcement earlier this week by Sen. Tim Golden that he was not going to seek reelection this year, candidates seemed to appear from everywhere. Rumors flew all week, the Bird Supper in Atlanta was a rumor mill, and the jockeying for position was more reminiscent of a Kentucky Derby than a typical south Georgia qualifying week.
aaTHUMBS UP: To Music Funeral Home for its donation of a pall flag to honor fallen Valdosta city firefighters. Casey Music presented the flag to the Valdosta Fire Department this week. The flag will be draped over a firefighter’s casket during funeral services. It honors the brave men and women who spent their lives battling fires.
Time to save the daylight
If you’re a little more sleepy this Sunday morning and subsequent mornings, blame Benjamin Franklin.
Bringing the world to Valdosta
This week’s Azalea International Folk Fair is more than beautiful costumes, exotic dances, and intriguing foods.
Azalea Festival celebrates our region
The Valdosta-Lowndes County Azalea Festival returns Saturday and Sunday.
Garren leaves proud legacy
When Ken Garren was asked to step in at the Industrial Authority, it was a time of great turmoil in the late 1990s. The Authority had recently split from the Chamber of Commerce, it’s director left in disgrace, and the entire county commission was voted out of office following the decision to bring Sterling Chemical Co. to the community.
Annual Bird Supper this week
As the legislative session winds down to its final days, many in the community will travel to Atlanta this week to attend the annual Bird Supper.
Calling for candidates
Beginning Monday, the week-long qualifying period for candidates in the November election begins.
THUMBS UP: To Mac Loudermilk. The Valdosta High School senior racked up several awards
earlier this week during the annual Wildcats Touchdown Club football banquet. Loudermilk won the Howard Bridges Scholastic Award, the Wright Bazemore Scholarship Award and the Special Teams Award for his successes on the gridiron this past season.
A salute to Black History Month
Today is the last day of February.
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