Veterans' Day Should Be Everyday

Today is Veterans Day. As our Marines and Soldiers finish off the terrorists in Fallujah, we Americans remember that our freedoms are enviable the world over, and must never be taken for granted...or at least most of us do. One of my co-workers, a reservist, is in Fallujah right now. We hear from him often, and we don't do nearly enough to support him. Many of the folks in my office are putting together a big package to send to him because he just learned that he's been extended. He asked for candy and Corn Nuts. So simple. Of course, we'll send tons of stuff to him and the guys who serve along side him, because we're proud of all of them. On this day, think about this: if you don't personally know someone in the service, think about finding one to adopt...send them a package, especially for the holidays. They love receiving packages and the simplest things from home.

VA Secretary Principi asks us all, "Have you thanked a veteran today?" Most of the brave men and women who serve and have served don't talk much about their service. They did their jobs, came home, and got on with their lives. T is one of those brave men. Sure, he tells the occasional "funny time in the Army" story, but he really doesn't talk much about his service. I only got a coherent story of the day he was shot a couple of years ago. He was in the first Gulf War, and as a reminder, a Purple Heart in its open box sits on our bookshelf. He makes little of it, but I look at it everyday. I am proud of it, and of this fine man I call my husband.

This morning, from the throne where he takes his "morning constitutional", he said the words, "yay me, I guess." Hell yeah, yay you. Yay to all of you. Thank you to all veterans.
And, if you're not as lucky as I, that you may honor, or care for a veteran every day of your life, honor one today. Just say thank you.

It is the soldier, not the reporter,who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.

by Father Denis Edward O’Brien, USMC


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