Today is November 11, the day set aside to remember those that have served in the armed forces of this nation. Whether they were Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, or Coast Guard, these men and women daily put their lives on hold and on the line to protect the freedoms that we in America have become accustom to.
They have guaranteed that we are able to worship as we wish; assemble peacefully; redress grievances against the government; openly criticize the government and its leaders; they have protected our rights to bear arms; to read, write and listen to what we want; to dream of and build our own businesses; to live our lives relatively unencumbered by the government. They have protected us those who wish to destroy our way of life by taking the fight to the enemy rather than waiting until the enemy is on our shores.
It is because of our veterans that organizations like Occupy Wall Street, or whatever other city they have decided to protest in, have not been met with tanks that run over civilians as happened in Tiananmen Square in China. It is because of our veterans that over 3500 civilians have not been massacred, as is happening in Syria, while protesting the government. It is because of our veterans that we are able to sit in the comfort and relative safety of our own homes, watching our 42 inch plasma TVs, and not have to worry about being slaughtered by terrorist as happened to the Fogel family in Israel.
It is because of our veterans that countless thousands world-wide have been spared wholesale slaughter at the hands of sectarian violence and ethnic cleansing. Our veterans have not only fought wars, but have brought humanitarian relief to some of the most ravaged portions of the world. They have dug wells, built schools, rescued people from earthquakes and tsunamis in countries that are not always on the best terms with our country. Why do they do it? Because it is the right thing to do. It is the American thing to do.
We have always been a nation that believes in giving a “hand up” to those that are less fortunate or in peril, and our veterans have been called on time and again to be the first in and the last out. No other country in modern history has been as willing to offer its best and bravest to save the people of another country. And when the call comes to mobilize, load up and wheels up our veterans have answered the call.
May God bless everyone who has worn the uniform of the American military. And may God bless their families that anxiously await their return.