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Veteran's Day - 2012

November 11th 2012 3:16 am
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Sixth Annual Installment of the Veteran's Day Post, which hasn't changed because America hasn't stepped up.

I'd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that America is currently at war.

There are no victory gardens or war bonds this time around. The Home Front hasn't mobilized at all. In fact, most of us just go about our daily lives, occasionally listening to news reports about how bad things are, how hopeless the whole situation is, what Congress is currently griping about, and how messed up the military is...etc., etc., etc. The news likes to emphasize that kind of stuff. They'd rather tell you about some sort of scandal, or mistake, or crisis than focus on the valor, the sacrifice, the dedication of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines currently risking their lives for our freedom. Not sure why. But with what little impact this insignificant diary may have, I'd like to ask you to take a moment today to think about the men and women in uniform, past and present, who have answered the call of their country, whether you agree with that reason for that call or not.

Take a moment and google Lt. Michael P. Murphy (USN), Cpl. Jason L . Dunham (USMC), SFC Paul R. Smith (USA), SPC Ross McGinnis (USA), SFC Jared Monti (USA), MA2 Michael Monsoor (USN), SSG Robert J. Miller (USA), SSG Salvatore Guinta (USA), SFC Leroy Petry (USA), and SGT Dakota Meyer (USMC) and learn what valor and sacrifice for your country truly means. Almost each year I have posted this--a name has been added to this pantheon.

If you see a Veteran from WWII or Korea-- thank him. If you see a Vietnam Vet-- welcome him home. And when you see a current service member or Vet, let him or her know that their service was not in vain. Because no matter what you think about the current war, you need to remember that the only reason you can just go about your daily business like nothing is going on is because he or she defended your ability to do so with all of their might.

And then consider that maybe you owe them more than that. It is a debt that cannot be repaid.


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