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Veterans Day 2012 – Honor, Respect, Dignity, Valor, Sacrifice

11 Nov

Today is a day for everyone to put aside their differences and come together. We the people owe the men and women of the US Military a huge debt of gratitude. Not because of what we think they have or have not done. No we owe them for what they have done. Most chose to join the military out of their own free will. Those who did not but were instead drafted deserve no less thanks. The men and women of our military do a service many of us could never do.

Some people, when debating about the military, try to “trap” me by asking the leading question, “Well have you ever served,” with disdain in their voice. My reply is simply this, “No. I knew myself well enough to not volunteer for military service. I have left that important job to the men and women who are there and doing a much better job than I could ever do. I would bring them down when they need as many people as possible lifting them up.”

For the most part, the reply quiets those who grasp what is said to them. I have too much honor and respect for the US military. I do have family members who have served and they do talk about their experiences from time to time. But none ever do so in a bragging way. They simply count their service as just loving their country and doing what they could to defend it and what is represents (or at least represented to them in the past).

So today, take a break from the finger pointing. Stop the political posturing and bickering. Instead, take the time to thank the US military men and women for doing a job many of us could not do. If one of the happens to pass by, take a brief moment and thank them. The vast majority, though they may not show it outwardly, will feel honored and eternally grateful on the inside.

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