Snow Blowing Snow Freezing Fog and Breezy
22°FSnow Blowing Snow Freezing Fog and BreezyFull Forecast

Real-life heroes

To the Editor:

Veterans Day is a day of tribute for our American military, but it seems to go unnoticed by some and honored by others.

This summer, I had the privilege of interviewing 11 amazing veterans of World War II, Vietnam and Iraq/Afghanistan, and documented their verbal accounts of their war experience. It left me lost for words.

Examples of the their hardships included a World War II POW held in five prison camps, an Army helicopter pilot being shot down in Vietnam, and a young soldier losing his leg in Iraq, to name a few. After all this, each of them said they would do it all again, regardless of the pain they endured.

As a high school student, I didn’t really know what to expect when interviewing each veteran – what I would hear or how I would react. Once I began to listen to their stories, however, I realized that these people are real-life heroes living in our midst.

A wise Navy veteran told me that our heroes are waiting to tell their stories as part of the healing process; all we need to do is listen.

Going forward on Veterans Day, I will remember those I interviewed and thank veterans for their service. Many thanks to the American Legions in Wauconda, Lake Zurich and Amvets in Cary for allowing me to attend their meetings and supporting my cause to interview veteran heroes.

To hear detailed accounts of my veteran stories and tributes, go to

Eric Gier



Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Northwest Herald.

More News


Reader Poll

If you had only one day to live, what would you do with it?
Learn to play the piano
Take up ice sculpting
Learn to speak French
Win over the love of a small town