posted on Nov, 12 2006 @ 12:51 AM
Thank you, both for what you have done in service for this country, and for this post. I, unlike many friends, recognize that the service, whether it
was combat or not, is imperative in keeping our military in current working order.
The post is important to me because I, though I never served my country, I did in fact lose my father to Vietnam. I never knew my father well, and I
wasn't allowed to serve my country like he did because I was unacceptable due to sexual orientation, and wouldn't lie about it if asked. Though I
would be willing to die for my country, they wouldn’t let me risk it (Does that mean they value gay’s lives? Subject for another thread).
I remember my father three times a year: Veterans Day, his birthday and my parents wedding anniversary. All three of these days for special reasons.
I remember my father in very vague and shadowy memories, him bringing home a brand new car for my mom on their wedding anniversary, and my mom having
a surprise birthday party for him. And Veterans Day, for what he gave for his country.
I remember a very big, strong and quiet man. A man who was very quick to laugh, and would always be there when I was hurt and crying. I felt a very
large loss when he left and never came back. But today I am grateful to him, and those he served with.
Several of his Brothers in Arms, his comrades, came back from the war and told me of him, and his deeds. I am proud of him, and I am proud that my
family gave to this country. And I am grateful to all those who do serve, and protect.
Without question we have the most honorable, bravest… I get choked up when I think of those heroic men and women, who at a moments notice, dropped
their lives, and headed off to the farthest reaches of the world for their country. In the worst conditions possible in this world. I remember them,
and their families, and their children.
Especially their children, for what they are giving up: a dad, a mom, a brother, a sister…
I always pray for them, but especially on a day like Veteran’s Day, because this is a day we specifically decided to set aside for them…
Our Heroes, our human saviors, our Brothers, our Sisters… For without them, and their predecessors just like them, we would not be able to enjoy
the freedoms and rights that we have in this country…
I do have a drink (or two or three...), and I too salute them. And I have friends over, and we BBQ, and I tell them of the man, just a man to be
sure, but a man of honor… A man willing to sacrifice for his country… A man who gave what was his to give in order that I, and all of us, would
continue to enjoy the freedoms that this country offers to us.