OUR VIEW - Let's not forget our hometown heroes

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.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

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.

Comments

small towner (A...

Amen

Marine mom (Ano...

I agree that it would be nice if there were some recognition given to these two fine,brave,young men, but knowing them I know that a quite shake of the hand and a sincere Thank You would be more that they would require. Because they will tell you they were only doing their job.But, oh what a job they did! Because of them, ALOT of Mothers will not remember Mothers Day as the day they received that horrible message that their son had been killed. I know ,I Thank GOD for that fact EVERYDAY. I say, GOD BLESS THEM, and keep them safe on their next tour of duty. So If you see them in your travels just shake their hand and say Thank You and then say a little prayer for them each day, to keep them safe. Huron County has already lost one of our Young men to this awful war(JASON SPARKS) lets hope we don't have to carve anymore names in stone.