Thursday, November 09, 2006

a salute

To our veterans
Because they give their lives to what many are only willing to give a voice to.
Because freedom comes at a price.
Because we say we need heroes yet, they are all around us right here in
the everyday.


Steven Novak said...

I'll drink to that.


JJ said...

Yep. And they may have to give their lives for something they don't personally believe in. It's a powerful sacrifice.

Jay said...

I have often tried to explain to people the mindset of the average American solider with little success.

Those who say, "You can't support the troops and be against the war," truly do not understand. Neither do the peaceniks who simply can't grasp the concept of fighting in a war you do not believe to be just. For those of us who have put ourselves in that position, (U.S. Air Force, 1990-1994. Served 4 months in the combat zone during Desert Storm,) it's simply a job. It is pounded into your head from day one that you are there to serve your country. If war is declared, you go and fight, the end. If you think you're not up to the task, you have no business being there. It's a job that is not for everybody. Many back then joined the military for the G.I.Bill and got a rude awakening when Desert Shield was starting up. We got the same B.S. as our soldiers get today about, "Protecting our freedoms" and "Fighting for our way of life". I was 18 at the time and still knew that it was all rhetoric. We were there to protect our oil interests. Today, we're there to create a buffer with Iran, to keep Iraq's oil out of their hands. Our soldiers were bullshitted, like the rest of us, into believing that Iraq posed a serious threat to us and the region. Many of them know the truth now. They're not happy about it, yet they continue to serve. Why? Because to quit means defeat in their eyes and soldiers don't like to lose almost as much as they dislike going to war in the first place.

I'm getting long winded here. Perhaps I'll post more on this subject in my blog, "Jay Adkins, Amateur Pundit."

Until then, thank you.

Bre said...

Absolutely! Here's To!

THE DUKE said...

Cheers! My dad wrote a cool email to the whole family saluting my grandfather who served in WWII. He included a poem which damn near brought a tear to my eye.

Baron Ectar said...

True! Salute!

Party Girl said...

Steve: always.

JJ: Exactly my thoughts and feelings. To give up your life, whether it be for a few years, a career, or literally, for what ever the reason or cause, absolutely.

Jay: I love it when your long winded. I look forward to reading more of your thoughts and feelings on this. Or hearing them is always nice, also.

Bre: Yes. Let's always, always, always support our troops, our servicemen and women and their families. Always.

Duke: You should share it. I would love to read it, to have a families account.

Baron: Yes. Always.

Egan said...

Thanks for the tribute. I know I don't want to serve, but I'm thankful to those that do this for our country.

puerileuwaite said...

God bless.

Bre said...

It is a bit depressing though, that we have to force people to remember on a certain day. It worries me that they wouldn't otherwise.