In Tribute to Our Veterans

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

A man walked up to me today and said "I'm 82 years old and I served in World War II." He was dressed in an older military uniform that was very decorated. (He had like ten stripes on his left sleeve. I don't know what that means, but I think it means he did a lot.) I can hardly imagine all of things he must have seen and done to protect the freedom that I enjoy today. And the millions of other veterans who spent years in the trenches not knowing when a bullet would put an end to their anxious waiting, or flew a bomber over enemy territory hoping that the bombs whistling by them would not hit target.

I could hardly contain my emotion as I took his hand and thanked him for his service to our country. He, and the millions of other members of the armed forces yesterday and today, are some of the very few people that can be considered true heroes today. We have those stooped, gray heads that proudly walked and rode by in our small-town Veteran's Day Parade gave all of us Americans the ability to speak out against abuses by our government and go back to our normals lives without fear of retaliation. Though the cowards and crooks in Washington sometimes make me ashamed of my government, those true, selfless heroes will always make me proud to be an American.


cura_te_ipsum said...

Both Veterans Day and Memorial Day are very special holidays in my book. I have great respect for our military, for those brave men and women who leave friends, family, and homeland to fight for our freedom. Whether or not people oppose past wars or the ones we fight now, due respect must still be given to our soldiers for doing their duty when called to action. I am grateful for their service!

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