Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Pause A Moment to Honor Our Men And Women in Uniform

We have all been busy lately with the election and all. We have been blogging about the election, about the economy, and even how the election will influence the economy.

Today though is Veterans Day. So in the middle of all of the hustle and bustle make sure to stop and take some time to recognize the men and women, past and present, who have served in the armed services. These people have given their time, and some their lives, to insure we have the right to vote and the right to speak in opposition to it.

I never served and I regret it now. I considered it when I was of age, I even went and talked to a recruiter, but I did not follow through. My brothers both have served in the Army and one has done a tour in Afghanistan and now is in the Honduras, the other is currently in Iraq for another 2 weeks in which time he will return home.

I think the most fitting tribute I can give to the men and women of the armed services, other than a heartfelt thank you, is the words of Mike Huckabee. This is from his speech at the Republican National Convention and he was telling the story of a teacher's tribute to veterans. This excerpt caused grown men to cry at the convention and sent a chill down my spine. I have used this video before but it is well worth using again.

Watch and remember those who have served.


One final note. Let's also pause to remember those from our allies who have fought and died beside American troops. Today is Remembrance Day in Australia and Canada and Armistice day in France. For a good article on Armistice Day, a day of remembrance for those who died in WWI and the origin of Veterans Day, read this article.

11 comments:

RightKlik said...

Thanks to all the vets!

Greywolfe said...

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." -Thomas Jefferson

Our sons and daughters have been at the fore of almost every fight for freedom for the last 100 years. God bless those that have served before us and have mercy on those that do so now. May the blood of Americans never grow so thin that we refuse to fight for those things we hold sacred.

Bob said...

Amen Chuck..God Bless them all

Christopher Hamilton said...

Thank you Vets

Chuck said...

Rightklik, thanks for stopping by.

Greywolfe, well said.

Bob and Christopher, amen and thanks.

shoprat said...

Perhaps all veterans should be remembered but those of us who served in peace also owe thanks to those who fought.

Z said...

In Paris, they play The Star Spangled Banner at their Armistice Day Celebrations....I bawled like a baby when we went to the ceremonies while we lived there...didn't care WHO thought WHAT! What a moment.

Thanks, Chuck....it's fitting we remember those who fought with us. Sadly, that number is dwindling.....

Chuck said...

Shoprat, you deserve the same, peace is the ultimate goal.

Z, we, I included, have a tendancy not to think of those from other countries who fought and died with our men and women. Their scrifice was just as great.

Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

Hey, it's still November 11th. It's not too late to thank a veteran today!

MK said...

Thank you for the post Chuck and thank you to those who serve and have served us for keeping us safe.

Chuck said...

Pasadena, it's never too late

MK,agreed, thanks for stopping by