Not just any Monday – Veterans Day

I had a great weekend. The Seahawks played an awesome game against the Atlanta Falcons and my voice was hoarse by the end of it from all the gleeful screaming I did in my living room. It was a good game. That being said – Go Hawks!

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day.

I didn’t grow up in the good US of A. I grew up traveling through other countries, third world countries that truly, seem as if they are a whole separate world. I have always been an American though, my father from Wisconsin and my mother from Montana. When I was growing up and learning about America I was enthralled. I lived in places where women don’t have rights. Wait, beyond that, men, women, and children didn’t have rights against their governing entities and that is a scary world.

In America though, we have rights, we have democracy instead of dictatorship. We are … “… one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” We wouldn’t have these rights if we didn’t have a military that could defend them, and us, the people.

War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares about more than his personal safety; is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.  – John Stuart Mill, English philosopher

Our soldiers, our military, they fight for our freedom, our rights. When they lace up their boots, they aren’t just going to work, they are going to serve. Their sacrifice is for the better good that they and we, believe in.

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.”Unknown

So from the depths of my heart, thank you. Thank you to the Veterans, thank you to those who are serving. What you have done and what you are doing is self-less and honorable. Forever grateful to you, our men and women who fight for freedom, I thank you.

America’s fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free. We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers that have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed.” ~ Allen Boyd

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