Please - don't thank a veteran today.
That's not what it's for.
Today is the day we remember and honor those men and women who have given their lives in service to this country, to the ideals of freedom and equality, to the concept of something greater than themselves. Whether in war or peace, volunteer or draftee, they stepped forward and sacrificed everything so that we may live in the nation we do.
Instead, thank the families who lost sons and daughters, husbands and wives, parents and grandparents, brothers and sisters. Take a moment to remember the loss they will forever face because of these brave men and women.
Understand why some of us may be a little bit quieter than normal today, why we don't view it as an opportunity to go shop for discounts or celebrate with a cookout. Why instead we take moments to reflect on those we left behind.
Most importantly, take a moment to honor and remember those men and women who from 1776 until today, here at home and in lands far away, of every race, creed and religion, have died believing and serving the simple words "... all men are created equal."
Just a few ramblings from a confused guy. Former military, former cop. Husband. Father. Student. Role playing gamer, on intermittent weeks. Avid reader. Internet addict. Small "l" libertarian. Too many others to mention. The views and opinions expressed herein are my own, and do not reflect those of any official agency or government or species. Names have been changed to protect the guilty; God protects the innocent as a matter of course.
“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”
"This report is maybe 12-years-old. Parliament buried it, and it stayed buried till River dug it up. This is what they feared she knew. And they were right to fear because there's a whole universe of folk who are gonna know it, too. They're gonna see it. Somebody has to speak for these people. You all got on this boat for different reasons, but you all come to the same place. So now I'm asking more of you than I have before. Maybe all. Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, 10, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people . . . better. And I do not hold to that. So no more running. I aim to misbehave." ~ Captain Malcom Reynolds
Monday, May 25, 2015
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I will spend the day reflecting on the friends I've lost. May they Rest In Peace.
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