Friday, November 11, 2016
As another veteran, friend and unabashed patriot, KC Caulder, wrote:
As we, as a nation, go about our day, on this Veteran's Day (November 11th) please remember one thing: Someone laid down their life to make it possible for you to be FREE.
No matter how you try, those that have never been away from family for any extended period of time, you cannot understand what it is like to say goodbye not knowing when, or if, you will see each other again. Or, will your kids forget who you are while you're gone.
No matter how hard you try, those that have never been a military wife/husband, you cannot understand what it is like to stand alone with all the responsibilities of home. And, also wonder will I ever see my soldier alive once more?
No matter how you try, those that have never been on a battlefield, you cannot understand the fear, courage, fortitude, and determination it takes to face the enemy knowing he wants to kill you and say no I won't let him.
No matter how hard you try, those that have never stood before a flag draped coffin, you cannot understand the sorrow, pain, anguish, and yes, pride that comes by knowing he/she is gone but they left me for duty, honor, and country.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt said it best, "Those that have long enjoyed the privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them."
No matter how hard you try, don't go through this sacred day without stopping, thanking God, and thanking the men and women who stood in the gap and laid down their lives so you could be FREE.
A veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check, payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life. That is beyond honor, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact.