Today is Veterans Day and it will come and go, like the winds of yesterday.
Many won’t even give it a second thought which is most unfortunate as I think Veterans day should be each and every day. Without the men and women who have fought for this country, we would not have the freedoms that we all enjoy.
I come from a military family, have friends in the service and have lost relatives (more info HERE) so, I can speak with some credibility as to the hardships that veterans and their families endure. It’s not easy and many could use our help, both financially and mental support.
But, when it comes to Iraq/Afghanistan – all in all, considering the costs to the U.S. versus the benefits I have to be intellectually honest in that I’m re-thinking my position and whether the war was worth fighting, or not. I was for it before I was against it and decided last year it’s time for an immediate withdrawal. The sectarian violence continues, our presence seems to fuel ever increasing religious extremism and clearly we can no longer afford to fight the fight given the state of the U.S. economy and budget deficit. But I’ve digressed.
The cool air of November is about the memories for some, or nightmares, for others and the combat soldier who has another day of remembering the greatness of their comrade’s as they fought beside each other. Be it in the jungles of Nam or the sands of Iraq or the Mountains of Afghanistan or even the icy terrain of Korea or the beaches of Europe. They all share a memory of where they fought with their comrades.
Veterans Day to me is a day for everyone to appreciate what our military has done for us. And how they put their lives at risk. It is a day to just honor what the military men and women have done. It’s also is a chance to remind myself, and others around me, of all the wonderful things that we as Americans have and can do, that we would not have if Veterans had not fought for it.
Thank you all!
Photo taken at Emon Beach – Kwajalein Marshall Islands (Based there circa; 1972)