I don't think any veterans read this blog, but just in case, I have something to say:
If you know anything about me, you know that I am super patriotic!
Seriously - I LOVE the flag, I LOVE this Country, I LOVE the military (and not just because of those uniforms :)).
So, on this day, I try to think about all of those who have served in the military to protect my freedom!
Those who have served in war.
Those who have served in peace.
Those families who have sacrificed their loved ones so that I may have freedom to speak, worship, and do that which I choose and am able.
We truly are the land of the FREE, because of the BRAVE.
One of my favorite movies of all time is A Few Good Men. Seriously, I will watch it any time it is on TV - it just makes me happy!
Especially this monologue from Col. Jessop:
Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to.
And there you have it. We do sleep under the blanket of the very freedom that they provide - and most days probably don't think twice about the sacrifice that is being made on our behalf. And on the behalf of our future generations.
So, THANK YOU!
Thank you veterans, thank you families of soldiers, thank you families who have lost a loved one in this battle.
I am eternally grateful to you!