Archive for Thursday, November 18, 2004

Recognition richly deserved

November 18, 2004

Last week, this community, along with the nation, paid its respects to the service of veterans.

Many of them are our friends and neighbors. They have answered our country's call and served with honor.

Lansing's Ann Scarborough is one of them.

We were honored to tell her story in The Current last week.

Ann Scarborough probably would not call herself a hero, but she and thousands of others made service to country a responsibility that needed no reward or special recognition.

She speaks modestly of her hospital service during World War II. Her commitment to serve continued with two decades of working at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Leavenworth.

Her husband was a Japanese POW; she has seen three sons serve in foreign campaigns.

Scarborough, recalling the war years, says she has no regrets.

"We were all so proud of our country. I always wished I was a boy so I could have done more."

That's a sentiment of self-sacrifice that is refreshing and humbling to hear.

We should consider it our good fortune that Ann Scarbor-ough is part of our community.

Veterans Day last week was a day for all of us to pause and express our gratitude for those who have given so much.

We are proud to help give them all the recognition they so richly deserve.

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