2011-11-16 / Editorial & Columns

Behind the Badge

Real heroes don’t wear capes, some wear stars and stripes
By Larry G. Spence

I was sitting in my office Monday trying to think of something to write about this week and my eyes focused on a sign given to me for my birthday a couple weeks ago by one of our deputies. It reads, “ Real Heroes Don’t Wear Capes,” and showed a picture of a police shield with a star in the middle of it. There’s my column, I thought to myself, God always provides...in His time.

I thought the title was appropriate, after all, we have just been through two days of Veterans Day activities, and unfortunately, during the past two weeks, we have been involved in three veterans’ funerals. So everywhere I looked and every ceremony I participated in, dealt with heroes. Before going any further I would like thank the LaSara, Raymondville, San Perlita and Lyford Independent School Districts for opening their doors and their hearts to the veterans and for hosting activities to honor them. We are fortunate that we still have such participation in Willacy County. I know the activities were appreciated by all the veterans and families of veterans. it also gave the children an opportunity to meet some real hometown heroes.

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating, “ We don’t have to look to our actors, actresses, sports stars, or others, all we have to do is look around us, in our own families, our neighborhoods, and our communities. The true heroes are right there, easy access to a world of knowledge. There were special honorees at some of the activities at the local schools and just by sitting down with some of them, a young person could gain a lot of knowledge not only about the wars, but also about life.

Another reason I chose this particular title for this week’s column is because later this week I will be in Austin for the Lost Lawman Ceremony at the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas Headquarters. We will be adding 16 new names to the memorial wall. Some will be as recent as this year, while others will be from earlier years that have been recently documented. We have this ceremony every two years, and I’ve been honored to be a part of three of them. They are quite a moving ceremony. We honor Sheriffs, Deputies, jailers, who have given their lives in the line of duty. Yes, even though they don’t wear capes, all we have mentioned today are heroes. In closing, let us not forget those who are still serving their country, and those who wear some type of badge, serving their prospective communities throughout this land. May the good Lord keep them safe and return them home safely to their loved ones at the end of their tour of duty.

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