May God bless you and bring you peace.
On the evening news you may hear about a small gathering of people somewhere who have come together to pay tribute to Veterans. It is a nice little filler. It won't take long. Yeah, go ahead and run it.
We have Veterans living and dying on our streets; homeless, cold, and hungry. This, while our criminals are free, or if confined, living in warmth, being fed, cared for; often entertained.
I am a Veteran. Perhaps someday I may tell my story. But this isn't about me. Or even about Vietnam.
This is about honoring Veterans: All Veterans
This should neither be ignored, nor forgotten.
Yet what of those we lost to war? How can we know the loss of each person's sacrifice?
What 'might have been' for each of them had they lived? We can only promise that we will never forget their sacrifice. We must honor them, and remember them. Isn't failure to honor the same as dishonor? What does this tell our children? What does this say about us, both individually and as a people?
Whether we can agree on any particular military action, we must support our troops. They are our future veterans.
We need not honor war in order to honor those who served!
This is not about politics or race or religion; its about individuals, coming together to offer thanks to those who served. Is that really asking so much?
This Veteran's Day, thank somebody who's a vet. They will really appreciate and it should make you feel better, too. And tell your children about Veterans. Pass on a legacy of trust, integrity, honor, faith, and determination. Patriotism lives on!
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