Memorial Day

The Captain sent this to several people on Veterans Day during his first year in college. I thought that today would be a good day to share this with all of you. The Captain is currently spending his 15 day R&R on the beach in Florida with his wife and getting acquainted with his two-month-old daughter, my niece Belle. So on this Memorial Day, at least, he’s getting a break.


Some veterans bear visible signs of their serivce: a missing limb, a jagged
scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside
them: a pin holding a bone; however, the men who have kept AMERICA wear no
badge or emblem. You cannot (identify) a vet just by looking. Who is a vet? He
is an ordinary and yet extraordinary human being, a person who offered some
of his life’s most vital years in the service of his country, and who
sacrificed his ambitions so others would have not have to sacrifice theirs.

He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is
nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest,
greatest nation ever known. So remember, each time you see someone who has
served our country, just lean over and say “Thank you!” That is all most
people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could
have been awarded or were awarded. 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 campus
organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose COFFIN is
draped by the flag, who allows the protestor to burn the flag.

-author unknown

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