I was feeling badly because I didn’t have anything to add above and beyond what I’ve previously said about Memorial Day . . . until now. A friend of mine, Brady Mazola (on Facebook and in real life) has a passion for helping returning Vets become active through sports. He brought this graphic to my attention. Thanks for posting this on your timeline Brady.
Some would say, NO, when you’re no longer in uniform, you’re no longer a soldier. However, I would argue that what our young men and women endue during and after they leave the military makes the caption correct.
It’s not unlike the less combative experience of attending a college and possibly an organization while in college or being a Mason (as I am). In this case I am a Veteran, Mason and I attended college. In each case, the experience means something important in my life and those that have shared that experience know what I’m talking about.
There is also the idea (held by me and perhaps you . . . now) that once we’re soldiers we better understand what it takes to defend FREEDOM. A line from a song says: “all gave some and some gave all.” When you leave the military it simply means you no longer wear a uniform. Instead, you become cloaked in your own idealism that defines what you believe in and certainly who you are. Are you a defender of FREEDOM? Do you believe in what we have as a way of life? Are the principles and values that this great nation were founded upon mean something to you? Will you freely verbally defend these same principles and values? If so, then my friend, you ARE a soldier in the cause of FREEDOM.
We remember those that have fought for FREEDOM. In truth, EVERYDAY we should we give thanks and prayers for those who currently serve and have served and/or given their full measure of life . . . for us. Many of fore fathers and yes mothers have given some or all to defend FREEDOM and to insure that we have it [today]. We still have men and women trying to insure that we maintain the quality of our life. That we have what our Constitution, Declaration of Independence and our Bill of Rights proclaim that as a Nation we believe that these truths ARE self evident. Do you believe we still stand for these things as a nation? If you don’t, then perhaps you should join the ARMY of people who’ve dedicated their lives to insure that what we have and that what we believe in will always live on. Consider this YOUR personal call to action. What will you do?
Here’s a quick and easy thing to do: Register and Vote
Exercise your right as a citizen to elect those that you think will do the best job of insuring the principles and values we say we want. Do that, VOTE. Every vote cast honors those that have fought for FREEDOM. Do that, VOTE.
Everyday is a challenge, however anything worth having has always been a challenge.