By Ted Slowik
If you're watching Ken Burns' documentary on PBS, you're seeing how the nation pulled together and make personal sacrifices to support the troops during World War II. Though it's been four and a half years since the United States invaded Iraq, some days it's easy to forget we're at war.
Then there are days like the one last week, when a young woman from Naperville buried her husband, who had been killed in Baghdad. Or another day last week, when hundreds of neighbors turned out in south Naperville to help welcome home a young man who had completed his tour of duty.
No one today is asking us to go without sugar or flour or rubber tires or gasoline, like civilians were asked during World War II. These days, a few notable Americans show their support for the troops by organizing collections of everyday supplies to ship overseas, and we can show our support by donating items and helping to pay for postage.
And we can show our support by thanking those who are fighting to defend our country, and praying for them. Personal freedoms should not be taken for granted. Sometimes, if you start thinking about the war, some of Naperville's problems and issues seem trivial by comparison.
What are you doing to show support for the troops, and how is this war affecting you? Are you watching Ken Burns' documentary on World War II, and what do you think of it?