Too often many of us take for granted the liberties and freedoms we have. We bitch, moan, complain and whine because things aren’t the way we want. That tends to be all many people do. Complain about the president, about the wars, about the state of the country – and too few do anything other than that.
The men and women of the armed forces believe in something. They are the first line of defense running into dire situations without a thought of self. The men and women who pick up a uniform are warriors, defenders, rescuers, and saviors to many around the world. Sacrifice is something they know. Each and every one has sacrificed something because of their belief in this country. Each and every one of them, deserves our thanks not just on Veterans Day, but every day.
To every person who has picked up arms in defense of our country, to every person who has wielded a stethoscope or scalpel to heal the soldiers, to those who fly the planes, steer the boats, train the soldiers, and teach the next generation how to be soldiers and healers, drivers and planners full of integrity – I say thank you. To every branch, Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard – active duty and reserves. To those who have seen combat, and those who haven’t but are willing to go at a moments notice. To those who have lost limbs, loved ones, and lives. To those who make the difficult decisions, who to send in and who to keep home. From the smallest soldier just starting out to the oldest one with wrinkles, a veteran ball cap, and a blanket over his legs while in wheel chair. To the men and to the women. Thank You.
Every star on the flag represents a a part of the nation that men and women have fought for. Every state is defended by our soldiers. A free country doesn’t come free. The ones who come home are fortunate. The ones who are still fighting are going through hell. The ones who didn’t make it home – may they rest in peace. Without these people, without these soldiers, healers, fighters, flyers, drivers, planners, rescuers, and heroes – the stars on our flag would mean nothing. We wouldn’t have country. So as much as people complain, hate on each other, and whine about the world around them, take a moment, and thank the ones who made it so you have the liberty to whine and complain.
A special thank you to the soldiers I know personally:
Anthony J. Falbo – My Grandfather – Army Veteran – WWII
94 Years Old and Still Kickin!
THANK YOU TO ALL THE VETERANS, MEN, WOMEN, FAMILIES, ACTIVE DUTY SOLDIERS, AND RESERVES – TODAY IS DEDICATED TO YOU, BUT EVERYDAY WE APPRECIATE EVERYTHING YOU HAVE DONE AND SACRIFICED FOR US TO BE FREE.