On The Record with Carol: The Wolf’s at the Door

Sgt. Harry J. Heater

Monday, Aug. 19, President Barack Obama urged the Iraqis to unite because ‘the wolf’s at the door’ and the U.S. air strikes can only accomplish so much, http://www.ndtv.com.

He may as well have said, “The gates of hell are open.” The barbarism is escalating and the question is “ISIS, are they already here?”

Every American needs to turn on their cell phones, their TVs, their radios, go on the web and read the paper.

U.S. intelligence officials were analyzing Wednesday a video released by Islamic militants showing the beheading of American journalist James Foley, focusing on identifying the surrounding landscape and the British accent of his executioner, as a priest arrives at the family’s Rochester, N.H. home on Tuesday. http://www.foxnews.com

Having written many stories about local veterans and the people that honor them, my heart has been captured by the soldiers who went away innocent and returned with indelible horror written on their hearts and minds. Yet they still serve others remembering for all of us.

I cannot tell their stories. It is their story to tell. I take you now to ‘Living History Day’ at the Zerbe Sisters Mansion in Narvon.

Listen in as a veteran of three wars (World War II, Korea and Vietnam) recites from his own collection of poems.

“My Wars”

“World War Two in the forties was a war that we all knew.

Everyone was behind us to do what we could do

Then came a small Korea around 1951,

We fought for 3 years, yet we really never won.

We had no time to really rest for plans were on the way

For us to try our luck again in another land far away

Vietnam in the 60’s was hated from the start.

No one stood behind us. That really broke my heart

But all the men that served there stand out above them all

I can really tell you this. Because I see them at the Wall.”

…. by Sgt. Harry J. Heater

“The Flag”

“It has been a symbol of our country for over 200 years.

It was created in Philadelphia by some of our older peers.

It represents a Nation that’s very proud and free.

It has always flown on high for all of us to see.

It led us into many wars and draped caskets too.

That Flag” really means a lot to me and to you.

Now the court says it’s nothing, just burn it if you please,

Let those stars and stripes forever disappear in the breeze.

What were they thinking when they passed that crazy law?

Did they forget all those boys that are etched upon the wall?

I believe in dissension and freedom of speech.

But no Flag burning at the base of their feet.

So tell the Nation, we believe in their rights,

We’ve followed that Flag in all of its fights.

So please! Make us proud, as proud as proud can be.

Hold our Flag high for the whole world to see.”

…. by Sgt. Harry J. Heater

Thank you for your service ~~all you veterans out there!

My plea is this: take this to the classrooms to the churches and the halls.

This is your forum for all to speak. It is your American freedom that gives you this right. Can you let this brutality reach our precious shores?

What to do, what to do, I ask you. Please tell me what your hearts and minds are saying, have the courage to speak. Harry just did.

I am listening on and off the record at quaintancecarol@gmail.com.