Brock: Veterans remain America’s real heroes
I was raised a service brat, so I am aware of the sacrifices families of service men and women endure. My father seldom talked about his life in the military and never about time spent in combat. I think the only people who can really appreciate what it is like to serve in the armed forces are the folks who currently or have served, and like my father there is a reason they seldom talk about the experience with folks who haven’t.
Still, one way to get a better idea of what is and was expected of members of our armed forces is by reading the military code of conduct by which they live and serve.
Article 1: I am an American, fighting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense.
Article 2: I will never surrender of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender the members of my command while they still have the means to resist.
Article 3: If I am captured, I will continue to resist by all means available. I will make every effort to escape and to aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy.
Article 4: If I become a prisoner of war, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my comrades. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.
Article 5: When questioned, should I become a prisoner of war, I am required to give name, rank, service number and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my country and its allies or harmful to their cause.
Article 6: I will never forget that I am an American, fighting for freedom, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which made my country free. I will trust in my God and in the United States of America.
After the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the War on Terror and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there seems to be more appreciation for the American soldier. Still, too often our country takes for granted their service and neglects their needs.
Hero is a word that is thrown around a lot these days for all kinds of accomplishments, but the true heroes are our veterans.
While many Americans will be celebrating a three-day weekend because Veteran’s Day falls on Monday, too many veterans are homeless and in need of help.
Our veterans deserve our nation’s eternal gratitude and so much more than a holiday in their honor, but attending a Veteran’s Day service seems like the least we can do to honor them.
Dickinson’s Veteran’s Day service will once again be at May Hall on the campus of Dickinson State University at 11 a.m. Monday. For a further list, please see Page C1 of the Accent section in Sunday’s edition of The Dickinson Press.
Brock is the publisher of The Dickinson Press. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org