Security's Everyman

Security's Everyman

Monday, May 26, 2008

Until They All Come Home

I just wanted to take a minute and say THANKS to all those who have served or are serving in the US Military. Today is Memorial Day here in the US. A time when we stop to remember those who died while serving our Country. It's also a day when we should be reminded of the sacrifice that is made every day by those who server in the military and their families.

It's a job that often goes without the thanks that is deserved. The work is often hard and dirty and the pay is no where near what is should be. Often they put their lives on the line to ensure that they are ready at a moments notice to answer the call. If they are in a combat zone then they are constantly on alert while in miserable conditions. Family members spend their days wondering if they will see them again. Yet life has to go on. Children are born while dad is away. Birthdays are missed, holidays are celebrated without them. Husbands, wifes, kids, parents all go through the day with a heavy heart waiting on the return of their loved ones.

I know because I have a close relative who is in a combat zone. He's there because he believes in freedom for all no matter the cost. He doesn't like being there but he is and he's doing what he has to do. Growing up I often thought that he was selfish but all of that is erased now. He proved his unselfishness by making the decision to put his life on the line for the freedom of those he doesn't even know.

I've always gotten a little choked up when I hear a patriotic song or think about the sacrifice that is made by those in the military but this year it's a little different. This time it's close to home and personal.

So to all of you who have served, who are serving or who have a family member serving I say THANKS!!! Thanks for the sacrifice that you are making. If you see a member of the military don't just walk by them stop and say Thanks. If you know someone who has a family member who is serving in the military let them know that you appreciate their special sacrifice. You'd be surprised at how appreciative they are at knowing that we notice what they are doing. Even if you don't support the war, SUPPORT OUR TROOPS AND THEIR FAMILIES!

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