Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day

On this special day in the U.S. (Veterans Day) I wanted to take time to discuss service to your country & thank all of the people who are currently serving or who have ever served.  There is no greater gift than to be willing to lay down your life for your country.  The incredible things that these men & women have done & seen in order to make the world a better place is amazing to me.  Far to many of them have paid the ultimate price by giving their life for their country. 

I truly believe the world is moving to place of more love & peace.  My hope would be that in our lifetime we will see the end of war.  But until that dream becomes a reality I salute the men & women that serve their country.

Many of the people that are currently serving had no idea they would be part of a war.  They were working everyday jobs just like you & me.  As a way to give back to their country they joined the National Guard.  In the past the National Guard has served mostly to help people after disasters.  These brave young men & young have now been pushed to the front lines in the war serving long tours of duty far away from home.

Can you imagine being away from your family & everyone you love for as long 18 months.  In a country you don't know & putting your life on the line everyday?  It's hard to imagine the sacrifice that these people have to endure. 

It's also important to remember the people they've left behind as well.  Imagine becoming a single parent because your significant other is shipped off to a war for up to 18 months.  All of a sudden you have to take care of everything on your own.  If you know of anyone that's in the situation, help them in anyway you can!!

Finally let's not forget when these brave young men & women return home.  Their readjust to a "normal" life is incredibly difficult & many of them can't handle the transition back.  Reach out your hand & help them.  Give them thanks & support them in anyway you can. 

I know we don't think about the people serving to much.  The statistics we hear on the news hurt us but don't really affect us unless it's someone we know.  Today & throughout the year give thanks to these brave men & women & reach your hand out to help them whenever you can.

Till tomorrow,


Quote of the Day "Give thanks to the service men & women you know today. Reach your hand out & lift them up to show your gratitude!"

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