My dad was in the Air Force and still works at an AFB. He is a veteran of both the Vietnam War and the first Desert War. My hubby was in the Marine Corps as a reservist for 6 years and is veteran of the first Desert War. My Pa Pa J. was in the Army. So the military is fairly well represented in our family. I read something today that really drove home the point and I hope it makes the point for you as well. While I know we all have our opinions on the Iraq war, put aside our political affiliations and support the men and women, mom's, dad's, son's, daughter's, aunt's, uncle's, brother's and sister's who are over in other countries fighting to make us safer and taking democracy where it has never been before. Read this, let it sink in and pass it along.
It is the SOLDIER, not the preacher who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the SOLDIER, not the reporter who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the SOLDIER, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the SOLDIER, not the campus organizer who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the SOLDIER, not the lawyer who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the SOLDIER, not the politician who has given us the right to vote.
It is the SOLDIER who salutes the Flag, and it is the SOLDIER who serves under the Flag.
Remember this the next time you see a soldier in uniform, or a retired vet. Walk up, stick out your hand and say two simple words. THANK YOU!!!