It's too bad they don't make ticker tape any more.
It seems as though no one throws an impromptu parade anymore since ticker tape gave way to computer monitors.
After all, who would want to throw his new 20-inch flat panel out his window even if Charles Lindbergh himself were passing on a float beneath it?
Yet there is no other way a community can honor a returning hero that is so dramatic, public, and effective.
And it is not often that any community can boast of a citizen worthy of such an honor. We in Huron County are so fortunate that we have two.
Marines, Cpl. Todd Corbin of Willard and Sgt. Jeff Schuller of Monroeville, are two of our own. Corbin has been decorated with the Navy Cross and Schuller with the Silver Star.
The old ticker-tape parade has no equal when it comes to ways a hero can do so much for his own community upon his return. No child could stand and watch a Lindbergh pass beneath a shower of ticker tape and not be filled with the desire to follow in his footsteps. Such a moment is far more effective than any famous athlete's or actor's 15-second public service announcement telling him to stay off drugs and stay in school.
We should find some way to honor these heroes of our own if not for their benefit then for our own. We may not be able to throw a ticker-tape parade, but surely we can come up with something here in their home towns that is equally public and powerful.
After all, the Fourth of July is right around the corner.