Thank the heroes

By: 
RAY STRAHL, Candidate Barrel District, Glendale City Council

Luke Air Force Base brings many good things to our community, and the celebration of Luke Days this year brought me one of my most cherished memories: meeting and spending time with Peter MacDonald and Fleming Begaye, two of the original Navajo Code Talkers from World War II.
As a Vietnam veteran and member of the board of directors for the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP), I was honored to participate in hosting these two heroes.
The Navajo Code Talkers represent a unique page in our nation’s history. Last November, President Donald Trump invited them to the White House to recognize their service to this nation and the free world. They saved countless lives by providing secure communications during crucial battles such as Midway and Saipan. I was grateful for the opportunity to meet and share handshakes and hugs with these heroes.
We are sadly running out of opportunities to express our personal thanks to the members of “the Greatest Generation.” This was brought home to me when I visited the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., this month on the anniversary of D-Day. A group of World War II veterans was there, and their presence was inspiring and humbling.
Whenever you get the chance, be sure to thank those who put their lives on the line for our freedom. And not just the “old guys.” Right now, members of our own Arizona Army National Guard are preparing to deploy into harm’s way.
Please show your appreciation by thanking them and supporting their families in their absence.
Freedom is not free. Thank God every day for these brave men and women who pick up that bill for us all.
Ray Strahl and his wife, Diana, are 25-year residents of Glendale, where Strahl has been a successful businessman and community leader. Strahl is running for a seat on Glendale City Council to represent the Barrel District.

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