When America had an urgent need,
These brave ones raised a hand;
No hesitation held them back;
They were proud to take a stand.
They left their friends and family;
They gave up normal life;
To serve their country and their God,
They plowed into the strife.
They fought for freedom and for peace
On strange and foreign shores;
Some lost new friends; some lost their lives
In long and brutal wars.
Other veterans answered a call
To support the ones who fought;
Their country had requirements for
The essential skills they brought.
We salute each and every one of them,
The noble and the brave,
The ones still with us here today,
And those who rest in a grave.
So here’s to our country’s heroes;
They’re a cut above the rest;
Let’s give the honor that is due
To our country’s very best.
By Joanna Fuchs
Take A Moment To Thank A Veteran
When you see someone in a uniform
Someone who serves us all,
Doing military duty,
Answering their country’s call,
Take a moment to thank them
For protecting what you hold dear;
Tell them you are proud of them;
Make it very clear.
Just tap them on the shoulder,
Give a smile, and say,
"Thanks for what you’re doing;
To keep us safe in the USA!"
By Joanna Fuchs
Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of you who have made the choice to serve our country in the military. I am forever grateful for the freedoms I am allowed because of your service!
A blog I love to read is called "To Love, Honor and Vacuum" by Sheila. She wrote a great post today about Remembering. Here is a bit of that post that I really agreed with and wanted to share with you:
"I know the enemy in Afghanistan is intractable, but America did a great job in Iraq defeating the violent factions, and peace is slowly returning there, as long as Obama doesn't wreck it by pulling out too quickly and refusing to sanction combat missions. But the truth is that this is not a peaceful world, and thinking so will not make it so. If we want peace and freedom, those come with a price. And if we have soldiers willing to bear that price, why should the rest of us complain so much? They're the ones doing the fighting!
I read an article in ChildView magazine yesterday, the magazine put out by World Vision, about Afghani brides. With the drought and food shortage affecting that country, parents are selling off their little girls as brides, some as young as 8 or 9. These girls have multiple children by the age of 14, and many die in childbirth. It is disgusting, perverted, and ever so wrong. That, I believe, is what we are fighting for. To give these girls a chance. To try to introduce law and order to that country and to fight for justice.
Once upon a time people understood that. They weren't so into themselves and their own lives. When there was a call, they answered it. They believed in duty and honour. They didn't run from fights. They believed in protecting people."