OUR VIEWS: Help us honor our troops

Nov 6, 2012


They share a common bond with men and women throughout history who have sacrificed themselves, along with time with their families and friends, for a greater cause — freedom. Like many of our parents and grandparents, our brothers and sisters in arms have heard and responded to the call of Uncle Sam.

As the holidays approach, there’s likely not a better time for our community to reach out and offer our comrades a bit of encouragement and glad tidings.

This is why the Tribune is collecting names, addresses and pictures of local servicemen and women who will be away for the holidays.

Do you have a loved one in the service who won’t be home — whether they’re in another state or across the globe — for Christmas? Send in their submission and we’ll publish it for free. Submissions may be made through Nov. 12.

On Nov. 24, the Tribune will print the addresses of local servicemen and women who are “Away for the Holidays.”

Join us in honoring them. Write letters, draw pictures, send cards or packages. This could be the perfect project for your school, business, service group, family or church.

Let’s join together to make the season brighter.

But remember, to get packages out to our troops, deadlines to the post office are a bit earlier. Aim for Dec. 10-17 to make sure items reach them by Christmas.

Among the favorite treats for packages, should you like to send them, include everything from magazines to individually wrapped goodies to beyond-the-basic toiletry items. Think of fun items that will bring a smile to their faces and a song to their souls. Most of all, send them a taste of home and your well-wishes.

Nothing is too small. When a local man served in Iraq, he said that among the items he most craved were packets of Kool-Aid to make the water tastier. And a handwritten letter or cards from people at home were always met with great appreciation.

Let’s be a beacon of light and Christmas spirit for our sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, fathers and mothers who are away for the holidays.

How it works:

E-mail the submissions to cwelch@grandhaventribune.com; or mail or drop them off to: Grand Haven Tribune, 101 N. Third St., Grand Haven, MI 49417. Please list "Away for the Holidays" in the e-mail or mail subject line. Make sure to include your phone number so we may call if there are questions.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Liz Stuck and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.


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