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Tuesday, June 01, 2004

A time to say thank you!

This Memorial Day we should be thankful. My flag has flown all weekend, as always, as yours should too. I have watched the television shows as the World War 2 memorial was opened. It is about time and long over due. The Greatest Generations sacrifice was unreal. Most volunteered to fight a war far from home, to free less fortunate people from harsh dictatorship. Over 400,000 lives were lost. Many never to return to the homeland again, buried on foreign soil. My Pap-paw and four uncles made this sacrifice. All returned home safe, but with many scars. All of them were decorated with medals, but they never spoke of it. One uncle won the Silver Star. His family found this out after he was home because it was printed in the local newspaper. He never bragged about it, He never asked for a thank you. I asked him about it not long before he passed away; “I never wanted a thank you, or a medal, it was an honor and a privilege to serve with such great men. To help the less fortunate and provide safety and freedom over evil dictators”
Today we are at war, in a country far away. Most volunteered to fight a war far from home, to free less fortunate people from harsh dictatorship. I wonder will these men come home with the same attitudes as the WW2 vets? I hope so. Will they never ask for a thank you and wait over 50 years for a tribute? Will we judge them on the acts of a few bad prison guards?
Like it or not, people in Iraq are better off. Children are not starving and women are not so badly oppressed. That is what Americans do and my friends that is a lot to be proud of. Yes, we should all say THANK YOU!

Comments on "A time to say thank you!"

 

Blogger geek_girl said ... (6:26 PM) : 

You are so right. My papaw never spoke much of the Korean War that he fought in nor did he ever ask for a thank you for the risk that he took upon his life that he was asked to do at that time. He just did it. Although, now, many of us forget to say thank you, because without these souls that fought for us, and held our country free, we wouldn't live in our country with the freedoms like we do. We don't say thank you nearly enough and I think that you know what I am speaking of, and for others as myself, I am sorry.

We never know how long we are going to be here, yet we are in war as we speak. Each day a soldier is praying that he lives to make it home to see his or her family. How sad is that while we sit here enjoying our freedom while we have soldiers over there trying to help a nation gain freedom. The women do not know what it is like to be able to voice their opinion, the men rule with strict forces in their family, but with love, it was how they were raised. It is confusing to us, because it is different to us. Yet, we are trying to help. The terrorists are those that need to be condemmed, not the entire nation. Many only follow as they have been led for a many year. A truely sad time.

congrats on the blog Kilo!! I'm proud of you!!!

 

Anonymous Anonymous said ... (10:12 PM) : 

I'm very proud of this, it makes me very proud to be
a American. There is a alot of heart and soul that went
into writing this, and I'm very honored I got to read this very touching story.

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