Dear Veterans, Thank You.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Soldiers used to be those men who fought in wars a long time ago

When I was a kid and heard terms like “navy man” or “air force pilot,” I assumed they did really important stuff a long time ago. The Civil War and WWII and Vietnam were the events that produced veterans.

But then 9/11 happened, and I witnessed a crazy thing from my own generation. Men and women chose to be those people–the ones who uprooted their lives to protect mine. Over the past decade, Facebook has enabled me to watch the wives and children left at home while husbands and fathers marched off to war. I’ve received the frantic e-mails from friends asking for prayer on behalf of their sons and daughters–wounded in service and hanging in the balance.

I’ve cried when couples were reunited in the airport. I’ve cheered when the injured walked out of the hospital. I’ve wept when boxes were unloaded from an airplane, draped in American flags.

I have learned to love my freedom.

I have learned to appreciate my family.

I have learned to value my life.

To the veterans–and the veterans-to-be–thank you for your service, your selflessness, and your sacrifice.

From a girl who will never see the wrong side of a battle field, I owe you more than I can say.

Just … thank you–

Comments

  1. Thank you to all who serve and their families! God bless the USA!

  2. I love this quote especially as I watch former students enter our military each year – “To the veterans–and the veterans-to-be–thank you for your service, your selflessness, and your sacrifice.”
    What a great way to express it for all time.

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