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Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio


Remember vets



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November 14, 2012 - There's some new life for Star Wars, courtesy of the mouse. Disney bought Star Wars from creator George Lucas, and around the world fans of all ages wonder what it will mean for their beloved franchise.

Star Wars is a good fit in the Disney universe, filled as it is with swashbuckling heroes, pirates, and princesses.

Han Solo and Long John Silver, they'd understand each other. The troops at Echo Base would be able to relate to "Davy Crockett at the Alamo."

And Princess Leia would be a great addition to the Disney Princess line up. Gunning down two stormtroopers after taking a blaster bolt to the shoulder she could teach those ladies something about self reliance.

I'm glad Star Wars is still popular with kids today, but surprised by it. When I was their age, I wasn't playing with Howdy Doody or Lone Ranger stuff. I was playing Star Wars.

But they've kept it fresh, with the prequels and everything.

I love the video making the rounds nowadays of the returning veteran, Justin Whyte, out in Kansas at his 5-year-old son Aiden's Star Wars-themed birthday party.

Justin dressed up as Darth Vader, removing his helmet to surprise his son with his return he wasn't supposed to be home until Christmas.

Behind that story is the incredible sacrifice of all veterans. For Justin and so many other young service men and women, it means missing out of their children's childhood.

The Clarkston area does a great job honoring local vets. The local American Legion posts, Independence Township, local schools, churches, community groups, they all work together to support veterans and their families.

Clarkston Junior High kids helping out at the township's Veterans Day luncheon was nice, seeing the young teens talking to the veterans. I hope they found it interesting. All those shoot-em-up video games popular now these guys actually did that stuff.

The job's not finished yet in Afghanistan and it will never be over for many returning veterans. Their wars are real, and they need us to not forget them.

Phil is editor for The Clarkston News. He is a veteran of the first Iraq war, having served in the U.S. Army.
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