Of Veterans: Nobody likes war, especially those who have to go do it. Too many times our soldiers have to fight on two fronts–the enemy ahead, the politicians behind. Yet they’re still expected to achieve all their objectives, and somehow they always do, thus preserving our freedoms and our way of life, and maintaining peace despite the ignorant and the violent who seek to thwart it.
Without discussion or debate and with no regard for personal opinion or even safety, they are thrust into harm’s way and must make life-changing decisions in a fraction of time. It’s only when something goes wrong that they are even noticed. They alone keep each other alive, and they quietly gather their own dead. Many never see the age of 30. They seek no glory, and their reward is for you to live another day.
We graciously acknowlege them two days a year, once in November for their living and once in May for their fallen, while they give to us every day of the year including Leap Year and all holidays at all times in all seasons and weather.
God bless our soldiers! To those who survive, give a word of gratitude. To those who paid for your life by their death, give a moment of your time to honor them. Show them that we are a grateful nation.