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True Heroes

Today is Veteran’s Day, and for me it means I need to take a minute to say “thank you”.

I have many friends and family who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces.  Regardless of your political views, there is one thing every person in this country needs to do.  Go up to any man or woman who is or has served and say two little words–Thank you.

The individuals who’ve found it in their hearts to put their lives on the line so not only can their children, but ours as well, enjoy the lives we are all building, deserve respect and gratefulness.  If not for them, those hectic mazes we traverse every day without worrying about if our vehicle will explode, or our child will be shot playing soccer, or that we’ll be beaten or jailed for expressing our opinions (good or bad), would be a lot more perilous.

I have listened to many friends who’ve made it home, and my heart breaks.  Their sacrifices are not limited to the time of their actual service, it extends through the remainder of their lives and those of their loved ones.  I have witnessed stoic acceptance of unfair consequences (mental and physical) of the ravages of the battles they have fought.

Although the words are simple, my gratitude is not.  So to all of you–fathers, sons, brothers, mothers, daughters, sisters….thank you for without you, we wouldn’t be able to live our lives as we do today.

“For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag,

who gives that protester the freedom to abuse and burn that flag.”

Speech given by Georgia Senator and Governor Zell Mell


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  1. GabrielleTaylor

     /  November 11, 2010

    Awesome post. 🙂


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