Even if it's only lip-service coming from the political left, or a photo-op for the ditherer-in-chief, we still have a day set aside for saying thanks to our Veterans. And that's a good thing.
And we still have brave men and women placing themselves in harm's way for our benefit. We can watch ball-games, and hug up on our honeys and go on unsuccessful grouse-hunts and ride horses and send out marketing emails (to companies that went bankrupt weeks ago) and rake leaves and write in our usually irrelevant (in my case) blog and think ahead to who's coming for Christmas, all because of Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, and Airmen fighting and winning scrapes, battles, wars, and police-actions. And that's a good thing.
This morning, I signed in to my blog and noticed I had a new "follower": The Unclogged Blog. She posted the following on her blog, and I pilfered it shamelessly. To Lakota: Tell your Gunney to keep his head down, and that the Livermush guy says "thanks."
It is the
not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.
not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the
salutes the Flag,
under the Flag,
I thank God for each and every United States Veteran. Their sacrifice for freedom is more than I deserve.
I swear to God, and to all who may read this, my children are being raised to hold Veterans in the places of highest honor and respect.
It makes me ashamed to see lazy people who don't have the fortitude to stand and salute those who made it possible for them to be apathetic & disrespectful.
I have seen men like the gentleman in the wheelchair cry at the sight of fellow servicemen. They weep for reasons most of us cannot understand or fathom, yet there are too many who don't even care to imagine the costs of sacrifice.
Please take time to thank a Veteran! Go visit a Veteran or even send them a card if you can't make it. Show them you are proud to be an American and thankful for the freedom their service protected!
To all Veterans: my eternal, humble, solemn and devoted gratitude.