Veteran’s Day

I don’t need a photo album, or a uniform hanging in my closet, to remind me that I served. My aching joints and failing hearing do that quite well.

Lately though, I have needed some help reminding me why. Why did I do it? A man can be forgiven a little bitterness when he looks around and sees the nation that he served appear to commit suicide. And if they don’t care?

Don’t mean nothing. Not a thing.

But then you remember. And it does mean something. You do remember why. You remember that it was your turn to take up the torch that so many before you had carried.

So many, but yet so few. Only a handful of each generation were capable of it, and because you were one of those who could, it was your duty to do so.

Your Duty.

Your Honor.

Your Love.

That’s why we served, and why we would again. That’s why those who serve today do it. And those who will follow them tomorrow will do it.

“Here I am Lord, send me.”

And even if the nation that we served seems to have turned its back on the ideals for which we sacrificed, in what ever way we did sacrifice, we would do it again. Because we know that the real America, the heartland, is still what we have always loved. And always will be. We refuse to be gas-lighted. We see the true America.

And we honor her. And we honor those who who stood on the wall and kept the evil away from her.

To all of my fellow veterans; thank you. Thank you for the love you displayed by giving so much of yourself. Whether “peace time” or shooting war, each of you gave some of the best years of your life. Know that true American’s are grateful.

And yes, it was worth it. Don’t believe me?

Look at your children.

For those of you who did not serve, I want to leave you with a reminder that there are sacrifices our warriors make that many never think of, and will never know. Those of you who have deployed will feel the following only too well.

8 comments

  1. 1
    VAconservative growls and barks:

    Well said Crunch. Nothing more this vet can add to that.

  2. 2
    LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret growls and barks:

    “I, Vulcanrider, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

    And it doesn’t expire with separation or retirement, by God…

  3. 3
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    At what cost, freedom? It is all or nothing.
    Us sheepdogs got a lot of flocking responsibility to pass the word. Support the returnnig Vets and git the word out; Without the frontline troops the evil will win and destroy us where we live.

  4. 4
    LC Guy S growls and barks:

    Vulcanrider is spot on! Just because the uniform is collecting dust in the closet…the retirement papers are now showing signs of age, and the once smart-ass 17-year-old who first held up his hand and took that oath, is now doing well to get out of bed in the morning, find his glasses, and hope his morning coffee is strong enough to help send him on his way to work….well, the oath taken, is still in force and effect!

  5. 5
    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    We see the true America.

    And we honor her. And we honor those who who stood on the wall and kept the evil away from her.

    Today, as we all see, the evil grows within those walls. :em06:

  6. 6
    readerjp growls and barks:

    Since no one else has brought this up, I thought I would.

    There have been 4 major attacks in Paris, 148 dead so far and still counting, 2 restaurants, a football stadium packed with people who came to watch Germany vs. France, and a concert hall.

    Of course it’s Muslim terrorism. But don’t expect Obamao to admit it.

    All those refugees swarming Europe are not “poor, dispossessed women & children.” It’s almost all men between 18 and 35. And such is what awaits us with obama planning on bringing 100,000 of them here. Even though a judge put a stay on his executive order, he’s doing it anyway. In fact, he’s already begun – Maine, South Carolina – but some states are pushing back.

    This is what awaits us if he succeeds.

  7. 7
    Retired Spook growls and barks:

    I missed my daughter’s first birthday. I was in Korea.
    I missed my son’s first birthday. I was on Okinawa.

    I missed both of their birthdays in 1979, I was in Greece. (To be fair, their birthdays are only five days apart.)

    I managed to make both of them in 1980, but only because I was a single parent, and was on limited duty.

    Ask them if it was worth it.

    (Bet they’ll tell you it was!)

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    LC Jackboot IC/A growls and barks:

    LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret says:

    “I, Vulcanrider, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”
    And it doesn’t expire with separation or retirement, by God…

    Imagine that, I just took that very same oath again…….on November 2nd. Whoda thunkit ?

    But this time, I’m helping other Vets.

    We’re all the same, rich, poor, healthy or sick, we all still bleed red and do our best to stand up a little straighter at the right times. We know what our beloved country is coming to, and damned if each and every one of us will do what he or she can when called upon once again. It’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when.