I tend to like to stay on the subject of football when I post a blog, but there is something that's eating at me and I have to get on my soap box and rant about it.
Where has the respect for our veterans and current service people gone?
I find it to be almost non-existant, and to be quite frank with you, it honks me off.
How dare we not show them respect. How dare we not help support them when they return. How dare we not take the extra measures to enable them to have jobs. How dare we not treat them as heros...How dare we?
Now, I want to say that not everyone is disrespectful, but there are quite a few people that are. And most people would make the stereotypical statement of "Young people now-a-days just don't have any respect for veterans and service people." I won't make that statement because I have found that it's not only young people. It's all people.
I had a long conversation wtih a World War II veteran hero (I call him hero because that is exactly what he is) this morning. I see this man around town quite a bit, and always try to thank him for his service and the freedoms he has allowed me to have.
Well today, he wanted to sit and talk for a bit with me and I felt honored to have to opportunity to listen. This man has 5 gold stars of honor--2 of them being Purple Hearts. WOW! Hero indeed! This man was a marine in the war. He fought at the bloodiest marine battle of WWII and survived. He protected this country and gave of himself. For you, for me, for our parents, for our children, for our grandchildren, etc. He sacrificed because his country asked him too.
Here's the sad part of the story that is what has set off this rant: He was asked by a local high school teacher to come and share with other veterans at the school on Veteran's Day last year. He felt honored to do so. He went prepared to share with students that wanted to listen. He said the lack of knowledge from the students of what WWII was about was astounding. That many didn't understand or really know what WWII was about and the magnitude of it, As I am sitting there listening, I thought "Are you kidding me? Are we really not teaching this anymore? This is a piece of American history that should be taught forever. We should never forget it. EVER." Our conversation went on for a while and ranged to many different subjects, but this is the part that really stuck and bothered me...
So I ask this to you my fellow forum friends: Why as a country to do we lack respect for those that have served and are serving our country?
In my opinion, each and everyone is a hero. The deserve and will get my respect regardless of the wars, battles, etc that they have fought in because each and everyone gave of themselves for me. They ensure and protect the freedoms that I daily have and tend to take for granted. Each of them are heros in my book...here's to hoping they are to you as well.
**Disclaimer--to all of my fellow forum friends (and if you are reading this, then you are counted in this group ;) ) that have served or are serving this great nation THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. I am in your debt, and you are a hero to me. May I never forget the sacrifice you have made, and may I not take my freedoms for granted.**