I know most if not all of you are patriotic. On this day we as a nation formally recognize the veterans, men, and women, that made the ultimate sacrifice for their nation.
Personally, I remember those whom I have known that made that sacrifice.
It seems that every generation, that this nation is involved in a conflict that calls upon the human wealth of this nation to risk life and limb to resolve it. Diplomatic and political failures cause such events. Without regard to personal safety, these young men and women obediently assume the task of protecting the values and property in the wake of world leaders to rationally resolve issues. They don't ask for thanks, they are forbidden to have a political opinion. They just serve and do their duty professionally and responsibly.
I, myself had sacrificed my prime, my younger years in such efforts. Although personally completely opposed to where I and why I was sent to do some of these tasks, I never wavered or hesitated to do what I was ordered to do. This is the resolve of such people. And it will always be so. So long as there is a Constitution, so long as we are a free nation, there will always be those ready to stand between you and the danger that threatens you.
Now that I am technically a civilian, I can fully appreciate that sacrifice. For these people don't just die. Some are maimed, crippled, and scarred for life. Those scars are physical and mental. All give their youth, and their prime years. They put their personal lives on hold to serve this nation.
Now some would say it is just a job, and they'd be partially correct. But this jobs is 24/7 and there is no reward for just accomplishing "the mission."
It is always hard to describe what you were asked to do and in many cases strictly forbidden.
So as all of you go about your lives today celebrating the holiday in the way you see fit, just remember that you have that right because many men and women decided that they would forfeit much of their lives and in some cases all of it, to afford you the right to do so.
You may say "thank you for your service". And that is very hard to respond to. I can only say " You're welcome, it was/is a privilege."
Thank You, all of you, we are all Americans.
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