It is an honor to wear a military uniform. It is one opportunity among many to serve others. It does not entitle an individual to special treatment, and should never make the military member think that ANYONE owes them ANYTHING. Military service is a privilege, and in my eyes, should be treated as such. Military service does not make you a hero.
Heroes are defined by their sacrifice, not their job titles, or the clothing they wear.
Heroes surrender constitutionally afforded rights, to ensure the rights of others are never trampled upon.
Heroes spend years away from home, and family, to ensure yours is safe.
Heroes miss holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and births to ensure that you never have to.
Heroes go where others won’t, and do what others are unwilling to.
When a Hero sees danger, he places himself between that danger, and YOU.
When a Hero has sacrificed more than anyone should ever be asked, they are returned to devastated families, wrapped in our flag. There is pain, sadness, anger, confusion, and a sense of loss that remains for a lifetime. Families are forced to substitute pictures for parents. Children are raised among fleeting memories, instead of making memorable moments. Some are able to move on, others never can. Heroes sacrifice not only themselves, but the unity of their family, for YOURS.
Heroes bleed for our Freedom, and they die for our Liberty.
Take a moment to think about who we are, and what we have. We live in a nation of opportunity. There is plenty of bad, and an incredible amount of good. We have many freedoms, some appreciated, some abused. We will never be perfect, and it is often not pretty, but it is who we are. We should not shy away from these imperfections, we should own them. We have these things because of Heroes.
We stand on the shoulders of these men and women every single day. Everything we have, and everything we can be, is strengthened by their sacrifice. If you want to honor them, take the time to appreciate, understand, and most importantly, REMEMBER what it has taken to get us here.
These men and women didn’t need to be asked to risk their life for us, they volunteered.