“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends..” —John 15:13
Millions of American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen have, for generations, honored their oaths to “support and defend” the Constitution, Liberty and the American way of life. From the first shot of the American Revolution to today, their willingness to sacrifice all in defense of Liberty has been a distinguishing characteristic. With the observation of Veterans Day and the subsequent celebration of the Marine Corps birthday. I think it is wholly appropriate to take a moment and honor the men and women who have joined the ranks of the US military.
I have always held a special place in my heart for these brave souls. I was taught to love and respect this nation and subsequently those who have stood bravely in harm’s way. Many of them have been and are members of my own family. To them and so many others, I offer my heartfelt thanks and appreciation.
John Stuart Mill said:
“War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
And one of my personal favorites:
“It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us 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 protester to burn the flag.” —Army Veteran Charles M. Province
Today and every day, I hope we will take the time to be grateful that there are those who are willing to answer the call and bravely step into the void. I hope we will do our best to serve those who serve us. I also hope that we will all remember to be a little kinder, a little more patient and a little more willing to help others and, in our own way, make this world a better place.
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