Today’s Editorial January 18: Heroes in our midst

No matter what you feel about the war in Iraq, you have to admire the young men and women who have put their lives on hold to fight for freedom.

That’s the message four United States Marines visiting Grand Cayman this week would like to leave behind.

The young men went to Afghanistan and Iraq to do what their country called them to do.

They didn’t question the policy that put them there.

They didn’t question authority.

They are well-trained, freedom-loving soldiers who had a job to do and did it.

Yes, they were returned home injured and will face the rest of their lives re-learning the basics of just getting around.

But ask them all if they would return to the war if they could and they would tell you yes.

They know they were fighting for freedom; not just for the United States, but for the Cayman Islands and the rest of the world.

Throughout Cayman’s history we have sent our own young men to fight in foreign wars to protect world peace.

They’ve willingly gone and done their part to protect us all.

We gave them our support when they left and when they returned.

And we didn’t expect anything less when the American Marines showed up on our soil Sunday.

We thank the staff at Morritt’s Tortuga Club and the rest of the residents on Grand Cayman who made the Marines feel wanted and welcomed.

The four young men were treated like heroes – and rightfully so.

Those who were injured in bombings are lucky to be alive, and they know it.

Their collective attitude is one of gratefulness and they each have a willingness to continue on doing whatever they can to preserve freedom throughout the world.

The wonderful treatment these young men are receiving while here will certainly make them good ambassadors for the Cayman Islands.

The young men will be here until Saturday when they’ll board a jet and return to the United States to continue on with their lives.

They hope to one day return to our paradise and we hope they can.

We were right to treat these men as heroes.

That’s what they are.