This year as we celebrate Veterans day I would only ask that you remember that veterans represent America. They come from every neighborhood, they come from every economic status, they come from every county and state. They are the sons and daughters of America. They do not ask to go into harms way and many don’t, but what they all have in common is that They say “I will go”. They serve for many reasons. They are looking for a way to see the world, they are looking for money for education, they serve because their family has a long tradition of service, what ever the reason they serve.
Many veterans had a great time in the serve, some hated it. Some stayed for a single term of enlistment, some made it a career.
Some veterans were drafted, most volunteer. They do every job the military asks and some find a skill of trade that they can use outside of the military.
Not all go off to war, but all are ready when they get they call. Those that do end up in a combat zone do their duty and want nothing more than to get back home.
Some veterans are known as the “Greatest Generation”, while others were not welcome home at all. Some are real hero’s and others just did their job. But none that really made sacrifice and saw the pain of battle will glamorize it or share the real horror. Those that never heard the bullets fly have better stories, just ask them. Regardless, they served and they deserve the honor of recognition this Veterans Day.
My family has been one that has given much to the service of our country. My Grandfather served in the Army in World War II. My father served for 24 years in the Army and did his time in Vietnam with the 23rd Infantry Division. He saw his share. My Uncle served in Vietnam also. I served for 21 years and had the pleasure of serving with my Battalion in Iraq. My father in law served in the Army reserve and my brother in laws served in the Navy and Army. And now our family will add another soldier to the roles of service. My oldest son will be departing soon for the Army, following in my footsteps as an Airborne Ranger, and following in the shadow of not only our families record of service, but those generations of warriors that our country has counted on since 1775.
On this veterans day, celebrate and honor those that give so much for our country.
They are not all hero’s and they all don’t have a chest full of medals, but they are are deserving of a simple thank you.
The truth be told, most veterans when asked will tell you that at the end of the day, they served for their buddies, the guys and gals in their unit. Flag waving and singing patriotic songs mean very little to the those that fought alongside their comrades in arms. Mom, Apple pie, and the great American way are reduced to your battle buddy, the guys that feel your pain, live through the discomfort, and share you loss. They live through the blood, sweat, and tears of the grind of being away from home in a land far away. They understand what it means to be afraid, they understand that everyday matters and they love each other like family.
This is the Army my son will join and this is the brotherhood that he is going to be a part of. I am proud of my service and the service of my Father and his Father, we are proud of John and the bond that he will join in us.
This veterans day, I am remembering all of those that answered the call and became Veterans. No matter where or when they served. If they were part of something great or just accomplished great things. Whether they served during times of peace or times of war, they all have one thing that no one can change or take away. They served.
Happy Veterans Day
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