- College algebra to be removed from Southeast required curriculum (10/10/17)1
- State declares test results for schools invalid (10/4/17)2
- Child-custody advocate: State law needs fix to provide parents with more equal custody (10/12/17)
- One of Cape's oldest mom-and-pop restaurants opens in new location (10/10/17)
- Past Rowdy the Redhawk mascot's identity revealed (10/15/17)
- Cancer will 'change your life, but it doesn't have to rule it' (10/8/17)
- Police chief, council: Cape Girardeau faces growing gun violence (10/17/17)4
- Bills addressing equal child custody to be filed, legislators say (10/13/17)
- Developer asks court to OK tax district board for improvements near Hobby Lobby (10/17/17)4
- Sikeston singer moves on with 'The Voice' (10/16/17)
War heroes keep their memories to themselves
To the editor:
Who are heroes? The dictionary says a hero is a figure in mythology and legend renown for exceptional courage and fortitude. My heroes are those who go fearless to war to save freedom for all.
There is the soldier who returns home to speak only once of seeing his brother blown up beside him on a ship at sea. There is an uncle who lay wounded in a foxhole with his buddy's blown-up body parts lying across his shoulders and face. He will receive medals before leaving the battlefield. Safe at home, he wakes up in the night screaming, but he keeps silent in the morning's daylight. He holds his head when a car backfires or fireworks go off on the Fourth of July.
There is a son, a brother who wanted to grow up to be a soldier to follow in the footsteps of his uncles of past wars. This solder comes home a victim of Agent Orange. He never complained.
Then we have another hero with medals covering his chest who came home. His body was sadly broken and tortured. He is hoping to reach the crown of the highest office in the U.S. Each time he appears for an interview or speech, he recalls his story of war to all who will listen. The story has been written and told many times. A movie was made. He has become a rerun of his misfortune.
It's time yesterday's hero put his story to bed and let others and history record his life's achievement.
JUDITH RUEBEL, Cape Girardeau