To all my fellow veterans, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!!
Today is the day that we are supposed to take a moment and thank all of those who have served our country in the military past and present. While we especially remember those that have died in the service of this country, there is a special day for that on Memorial Day. Today we should especially celebrate those veterans whom are still among us that can enjoy the attention they so rightfully deserve. I think the historically the amount of attention that veterans receive coincide with any ongoing conflicts that we are involved in. Right now due to the Global War on Terrorism (again, I call it as it see it) going into its 9th year with hundreds of thousands having served we are on a “high” in terms of veteran recognition. It a shame that it takes young men and women dying in order for a portion of our citizenry to jog their memory of the contribution our nation’s veterans have provided. Its the veterans that have served in peacetime that have prevented some of the conflicts that we may have been involved in the past but weren’t. Its cliche, but in the move A Few Good Men, Jack Nicholson’s character goes on a tirade talking about the men on the fence defending the rest of society. It’s an overly simplified explanation but its pretty much true. And if not for us, for our allies. I guarantee if we would pull our security troops out of Korean, our Korean allies would be under the thumb of that idiot to the North within months after suffering through another war. We are the world’s peacekeepers.
Many businesses are advertising specials for veterans today, be sure to call your local participants to make sure that they offering the same specials available on line.
Below are some painting and pictures of conflicts that our nation’s veterans have been involved in. In the pictures, take a good look into the eyes of the soldiers, they are not unlike you or me. Ordinary men placed into extraordinary circumstances. Thank you one and all…
The War of 1812
The Mexican-American War
The American Civil War (both sides)
The Spanish-American War
World War I
World War II
Korean War (then)
Korean War (now, yep folks, officially its still going on)
The Dominican Republic (44 Americans and thousands of Dominican’s died)
The Vietnam War
The Cold War (Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin)
Operation Urgent Fury – Grenada
Operation Just Cause - Panama
Operations Desert Shield / Desert Storm
Operation Restore Hope - Somolia
Operation Noble Eagle
Operation Iraqi Freedom - Iraq
Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan
I know I am probably leaving some events off of this list, sorry. I respect all veterans whether in the forefront of my thoughts of tragically lost in the nooks and crannies of time. You are all my brothers and sisters, thank you.