Friday, November 11, 2011

Veteran's Day

Happy Veteran's Day!  To some, it's just another day the banks and post office are closed. To me, it is a special day I want to kiss every Veteran.

I remember so vividly, the year my brother was in Viet Nam. We were so scared.  My parents never talked about their fear, but I could feel it in our house. That was back in the days before computers, so we had to wait every day for a letter. There were times my brother was just too busy to write, or maybe wasn't in the mood, like any 21 year old. For us, the days a letter wasn't in the mailbox was another day of anguish about if he was safe or not. For us, our prayers were answered and he returned home safely.

Before my brother, were the Vets that protected us during WWII. My friend, Liz's father had many harrowing stories about his tour. Liz found out most of these stories when her father got older and she accompanied him to get togethers of his military division.

Even before that, our grandfathers were in WWI. I still have some coins and the photo my grandfather carried through France. He never spoke of his tour, but teared up when it was mentioned.

Now onto present day and the military work in far away lands to protect our freedoms. Some may argue the need. However, when we lived in Maryland, I became friends with people who worked for NSA (National Security Agency). This was pre 9/11. They said, even back then (of course not going into detail) that the threats against the USA were daily.

So, I don't have a great deal of compassion for those who flippantly say, "Capitalism doesn't work, maybe we should try socialism." We  have a great country I am proud of. And I am proud of our Veterans.

To our Veterans today, thank you.

And to all, a moment of your day...

I pledge allegiance to the flag
Of the United States of America
And to the republic for which it stands
One nation under God
Indivisible, with liberty, and justice for all

And for those of you who are a little rusty on "Pledge" etiquette,  you should stand at attention, facing the flag (remove your hat) when you say the pledge, with your right hand over your heart. Members of military or veterans, whether in uniform or not, may salute.

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