Few are more deserving than veterans

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 18, 2010

Riverside Academy recently put on a Christmas production called “Christmas in Reverse.” The show started with the complete nativity scene, and one by one, each student actor left the stage as the action moved back to the beginning of biblical times to show why the birth of Jesus was necessary for mankind and why this event should be remembered throughout the year, not just at Christmas.

The show was entertaining and thought provoking, but more than that, it has modern applications during this holiday season.

The men and women who reside at the Southeast Louisiana War Veterans Home in Reserve are honored on two particular occasions during the year — Veterans Day and Memorial Day. These days are accompanied by ceremonies and celebrations, but if one removes all the pomp and circumstance and thinks back to the events that made these people heroes in the first place, it becomes apparent that they should be honored much more than just twice a year.

There is a resident at the home who was present at the battle of Iwo Jima. To imagine the hardships he must have endured for the freedom of this country is almost impossible for most. And he is by no means an anomaly. From World War II all the way through the battles in the Middle East, this nation’s veterans have given more than most could imagine or would even consider giving.

That is why it is especially important to remember their sacrifices at this time of year with a little sacrificing of our own. Financially speaking, times are tough for everyone, but if anyone is deserving of a little charity this holiday season, it is the nation’s veterans. Accordingly, L’Observateur has extended the time to donate to the Veterans Home.

For the past several weeks, L’Observateur in cooperation with the St. John the Baptist Parish Young Marines has been collecting art supplies and toiletries for the residents of the home. Because these men and women are so deserving, the paper will be accepting donations through the end of the day Monday. These gifts will be presented to the veterans Wednesday.

So if you have not yet donated to the program, please dig deep and stop by L’Observateur’s office at 116 Newspaper Drive just off Main Street in LaPlace. Any gift, no matter the size, will certainly be appreciated.