Thank You Veterans!

November 11, 2009

The memorial service yesterday at Ft. Hood makes today’s celebration a bit more somber, more poignant than previous Veteran’s Days.  My first post was Fort Hood with the 2nd Armored Division.  It is where I learned to be a soldier – a tanker.  I learned what tanks could do when they work as a team and what it means to be my brother’s keeper.

That is what being a soldier is about: a teammate; a comrade; a brotherhood.  The speech made by a German officer to his troops in front of Maj. Winters at the end of WWII is the best explanation of what it means to be a soldier: “We Band of Brothers…”.  No truer words I know of can be said of what it means to be a soldier and share the experiences together.  No words can adequately explain what this means when friends or family ask.  It must be experienced to be understood.

To those of you I served with in the 2nd AD at Ft. Hood and 1st AD in Erlangen, Germany: “Thank you for your service.  Thank you for your friendship.  Thank you for being my Brother.”

My grandfather performed convoy escort duty on a destroyer in the Atlantic during WWII.  My dad served in Korea.  My father-in-law flew “the Hump” in WWII.  My wife’s grandfather served in the trenches in WWI and was gassed by the Germans.  I served in the Cold War near the Czechoslovakian border.  My son served two tours in Iraq.  I am blessed to have so many Patriots in my family and doubly blessed that all who have served in the last 109 years came home to family and friends.

I consider it an honor to be counted among those who have written a blank check to my country and am humbled by those whose check was cashed and now rest in honored memory in graveyards around the world.

Veterans of WWII have been called “the Greatest Generation”, and rightly so; however, I submit that all who serve and have served since September 11th, 2001, are themselves a legacy because each and every one of them volunteered to serve; to voluntarily go into Harm’s Way.  They are the newest “Greatest Generation”.  These young men and women answered the call to God, Country, and Duty when they could have simply said “not me, it’s not my job.”

Though the words “Thank You” do not seem to be adequate, they do, somehow, convey a deeper meaning to Veterans.  Thank you tells them, “Yes, my sacrifice was worth it.  My Country, Constitution, Freedoms, and Liberties live on.  My family is safe and secure because men and women of principle made the defense of our nation and its ideals their personal responsibility.”

May God bless our Veterans, their families, and the United States of America.

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