For our men and women who serve
I know this is ‘off topic’ from my usual discussion but I think it’s not only appropriate, but also necessary:
Maybe it’s just me and my own personal heightened awareness, but it seems to me that this year the tributes for Veteran’s Day are more numerous and respectful than usual.
Now I personally believe that we cannot be too grateful or show too much respect to our men and women in uniform. As the wife of a decorated Army veteran, I have a keen appreciation for what our servicemen and women go through to keep our country and us, its citizens, safe every day. Not just in time of war…but EVERY day. But this year, I’ve seen tributes on radio, TV, and in the media to a degree I believe is higher-than-normal. And, for this I’m happy.
Regardless of how you feel about the current situation in Iraq or Afganistan, or whether you think we should be sending more troops or planning for a swift withdrawal, one thing is clear: we should respect, revere and support those people who are actively ‘on the line’ and in positions of support, helping our military carry out its vital mission all across the globe.
I wish today, on this Veteran’s Day, that everyone would stop a moment, say a prayer, think a good thought for those many people who devote their lives and careers to the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard and various reserves. It’s my fervent hope and prayer that those who serve will be united quickly and safely with their loved ones, and for those who have lost a military friend or family member, thoughts of comfort, pride and peace be theirs.
Patriotism and loyalty are two very important virtues and ones that too many of us forget to exercise on a regular basis. Let’s use today as a day, not only of Remembrance, but of pride. Next time you see a woman or man in uniform, take a minute to thank them for their service. They deserve our recognition for all they have done and continue to do.
God Bless to all who serve, have served, or will serve in the future. We you owe our lives, we owe you our freedom. We can’t say thank you nearly enough.