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Since 1954 November 11th, Veterans Day has been a day of remembrance of those who have served, fought and died protecting our Constitutional freedoms. To be a member of the Armed Forces takes a certain kind of person regardless of being drafted or volunteering. It is these men and women who stand up and find the inner strength and moxie to be willing to put themselves in harms way upon the order of the Commander in Chief.
The military, for all of its greatness and hardship does not 'go political'. They serve just the same under a Commander in Chief that does not respect them as it does a Commander in Chief that does respect them. It is their call. It is their mission. That is why the Commander in Chief has more often than not never served in the military and is not required to have served in the military. Out of pure, unadulterated respect toward the military those civilians holding elected office should not politicize the military, make them pawns to the political whims of a President or Congress. Yet we know it happens. And its despicable.
Our Armed Forces as a whole and as individuals give more to the least of those in this great nation. We as American enjoy many freedoms; free speech, owning weapons, a country without tyranny to name a few. To disrespect the military, to take a nonchalant view, or be abhorrent toward the military shows a willful act of selfishness.
Be thankful that the freedoms enjoyed as citizen of the United States were not just handed out but granted by the flesh and blood of your fellow Americans. Those who stand on the front lines and take the real hits on the ground, on the sea and in the air so that the least of us can sleep in warm beds at night, eat from a plentiful harvest and stand behind the lines not only to praise but to criticize.
So on this momentous day, a day where every American knows personally a member of their family or friends who has served our great nation, whether during American Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican American War, American Civil War, Spanish American War, Philippine American War, World War I, WWII, Vietnam, Korea, Pursian Gulf War, War in Afghanistan or the War on Terrorism and the War in Iraq. The wars and military operations we as a nation has called upon our military to endure, on the whims of politicians or the bonifide threats to our nation we sacrafice nothing compared to those who serve and their families who await their safe return. Since the majority of us do not serve in the military we are forever indebted to those who do.
Veterans Day is our one time we can come together in unison and say to those who have and are today serving to protect our great nation that we can not describe wholly in words the gratitude, proudness and debt that we owe them. But I, in my meekness and awe, especially today, say thank you and I truly appreciation their service, their sacrifice and their honor. To my uncles who have served. To my father who served in the Vietnam war. To my former husband who served in the Persian Gulf war, the many friends I know who have served and are serving today and to my son who is in basic training in the Air Force. May God Bless the American soldier, sailor, airman, and marine in their endeavor to provide and keep the liberties and freedoms I have.
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