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Letter To An Unknown Soldier

12 Feb

I copied this from the blog Town and Country Gardening and I had a lump in my throat after reading it. I was reminded we should thank all of those in uniform who sacrifice so much to protect us every day. Let us pray for all of them and their families and hope for their safe return. God Bless our soldiers and God Bless America!

Think your having a bad day? Consider what every day is like for a soldier.

By Jason Wright – Dear soldier on an Alaskan Airlines flight from Washington, D.C. to Seattle

 

I’m sorry.

 

 

Early on Feb. 9, in the cold, black and blue hours of a winter Sunday, I said nothing.

I first saw you in your camouflage fatigues patiently waiting in the airport security line.

I spotted you later shuffling around the gate with a wide smile on your face waiting to board the six-hour, non-stop flight from Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport to Seattle-Tacoma International.

I wonder where your service has taken you. What have you witnessed as you’ve sacrificed so much to protect and defend America and her allies?

I watched a hurried woman stop and thank you for your service. You were so kind, so gracious, so humble.

Still, I said nothing.

I don’t know your name, where you were coming from, or if Seattle was even your final destination. I could have asked all those things.

More importantly, I could have thanked you for serving our country.

But, I didn’t.

I’m sorry.

I’ve certainly launched those conversations before. When it’s been convenient, I’ve stopped other service members in airports, restaurants and gas stations around the country. Like so many others, I’ve paid for meals when they were behind me in line or tucked into the neighboring booth.

Not today.

This morning I was too tired, too grouchy and too annoyed at my nasty head cold. Don’t you understand I’d been up since 4 a.m. and already driven 90 miles to the airport?

I saw you again when you boarded, but I was far too busy bemoaning my minuscule middle seat and complaining about our high row number. I told my seat mates we were so far back on the plane, our arrival time was 15 minutes later than those in first class.

Eventually, I settled in and allowed my mind to wander up to your row. Where were you stationed? How long had you been in the military? Were you going home for good, or only for a few short days that pass too fast?

Who would be waiting for you on the other end? A beautiful bride who can barely catch her breath at the thought of seeing you descend the escalator? Young children with crayon and construction paper signs? A mother and father who will whisper prayers in your ear as they wrap their grateful arms around you?

I could have asked those things, too, but I was preoccupied with missing my own family already and we weren’t even airborne.

Soldier, sometimes I’m gone for a day or two, maybe six or seven. Did you know I’ve even had a few trips run two full weeks? After grueling school assemblies and exhausting book signings I absolutely ache to return home to my loved ones.

Fourteen days away from my family! In a row! I bet you can’t even imagine that, can you, Soldier?

I wonder where your service has taken you. What have you witnessed as you’ve sacrificed so much to protect and defend America and her allies? Have you been sitting at a small, metal desk in some green zone? Or are you a member of a special operations unit where losing your life is a real possibility every day you punch in?

Honestly, it doesn’t matter.

I believe the uniform doesn’t care where you’re serving and what your specific assignment is, it only cares that you’re wearing it. Honor doesn’t come from any particular type of service; it comes from the service itself.

I wish I’d told you that, too.

Instead, I blew my nose and felt sorry for myself and the work piling up back home. I’ve got too many projects, too many columns, too many Facebook posts to manage and an eternity of emails to sort. Working for myself presents so much unpredictability, anxiety and stress.

What a drag, right?

As for you and your colleagues in uniform? All you do is strap on a vest and hope that routine desert patrol isn’t your last.

Soldier, if I could have those moments back, I would shake your hand and thank you on behalf of everyone who feels more safe and secure because you’re doing work that many of us would not be courageous enough to do.

I would promise you that never again would I find myself so caught up in my own selfish discomfort to let you pass by. And I would suggest that if servicemen and women can do what they do, I can certainly do what I do.

I would say thank you for bravely going to work when you have a head cold and when life puts you in the middle seat.

I would say, “thank you.”

Can you say thank You To An Unknown Soldier?

Remember 9-11-01

11 Sep

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Not only should we pause to remember those who lost their lives on that day, we should also remember we are still at war and we have thousands of troops in harm’s way serving our country. There are millions of Muslims in the world who wish us harm and would like nothing better than to see us dead at the point of a sword. These people have been killing each other for a thousand years simply because someone is of a different sect or a different tribe from the same country. So they certainly would have no qualms about killing you and shouting “Allah Akbar!” There are thousands of radical Islamists who would be willing to strap a bomb onto their chest and blow you up, there is no way to reason with someone like that. There will be another horrible incident in this country, just mark my words. When it happens, many of you will be asking why do they hate us so much? There is no reasonable answer to that question. What the radicals are doing to each other is no different that if Baptists started killing Methodists and calling them infidels. If something like that would make sense to you then maybe you can understand how the radicals think and you can explain it to the rest of us. Until then, keep prepping everyone.

Happy Independence Day!

4 Jul

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Happy Independence Day! Many of us are off work today on this holiday celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Let us all say a prayer for those who serve in all branches of our military. God bless our troops, and God Bless America! Be safe out there today.

Memorial Day 2013

27 May

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I would like to take a moment to thank all the veterans out there on this day, as we remember those who gave all in service to our country. We should all thank God we live in this country, even with all our problems the USA is still the best country in the world in my opinion. So if you are out and about just enjoying a day off, at least take a moment to think about those who serve so that we may enjoy our freedoms. Thank You, and God Bless You.

God Bless Our Troops

11 Nov

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Tomorrow our nation will officially celebrate Veteran’s Day. In truth, every day should be Veteran’s day.  We should pause and honor all those who served, past and present, and thank them for their service. Even many of you liberal “progressives” who tend to look down on our military with such disdain, our troops are what gives you the freedom to vote for your beloved Messiah, Barrack Hussein Obama. So let us all, each and every one thank our veterans and say God Bless Our Troops. And God Bless America. May she once again return to be the beacon of hope and freedom for the world that she once was.

The Tomb Of The Unknown Soldier

29 Oct

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I am reposting this from another site I read.

Web users were in awe Monday morning of an image showing Honor Guards standing on duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery in the face of adverse weather as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the East Coast.

“Soldiers stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Guarded non-stop since 1948. In Sandy’s path they continue,” shared Kristy Bolsinger ‏as she re-tweeted the popular image on Twitter.

Tyler Borchers was so impressed that he used only one word to react to the striking image: “Powerful.”

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington County, Va., is monitored around the clock by the Society of Honor Guards.

The striking image was shared Monday morning by First Army Division East on its Facebook page, although the photo was originally captured in September, according to Poynter.org.

“Soldiers of the 3rd Inf Reg. continue to stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, despite the worsening weather conditions surrounding Hurricane Sandy. The tomb has been guarded continuously since 1948,” the photo caption read.

There were some Facebook users who questioned why the Honor Guards seen in the photo of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier remained on duty despite the adverse weather.

“Only those who have served, and understand the meaning of true dedication beyond one’s self, would understand why they stay. I pray for ALL who serve our great country,” wrote John Almodovar in response to some of the questions.

Alex Tressler explained, however, “They will soon move under a tarp then if it gets worse into a small chamber that has awards and plaques hanging up and has a direct line of sight to the tomb.”

He added, “Stay safe my brethren.”

The Tomb of the Unknowns, as the monument is also called, is dedicated to U.S. service men and women who have died and whose remains have not been identified.

“The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Tomb) was established in 1921. The Unknown Soldiers laid to rest at the Tomb represent all missing and unknown service members who made the ultimate sacrifice – they not only gave their lives, but also their identities to protect these freedoms,” reads the overview on the official Tomb Guard website. “The Tomb is the final resting place for Unknowns from World War I, World War II, and the Korean War, and is guarded at all times.”

 

Note; there has been some controversy over this picture since it was actually taken in September of this year, but it still shows the dedication of the men of this Honor Guard who do this to show their respect and admiration for something greater than themselves. I wish all of us had a tenth of the dedication and respect for our country that these men display. God Bless Our Troops and God Bless America.

Veterans Benefits

18 Oct

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Thank you Mike Huckabee for reminding us about this. We send our troops off to war, to fight and die for us, then when they come home, the Government puts them out of sight and out of mind. We give more benefits to the welfare class than we do our Veterans. That is just WRONG! We need someone in Washington to stand up and fix this mess. God Bless Our Troops and God Bless America!

Happy Independence Day

4 Jul

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Happy Independence Day! Many of us are off work today on this holiday celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Let us all say a prayer for those who serve in all branches of our military. God bless our troops, and God Bless America! Be safe out there today.

Memorial Day

28 May

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I would like to take a moment to thank all the veterans out there on this day, as we remember those who gave all in service to our country. We should all thank God we live in this country, even with all our problems the USA is still the best country in the world in my opinion.  So if you are out and about just enjoying a day off, at least take a moment to think about those who serve so that we may enjoy our freedoms. Thank You, and God Bless You.

Salute Our Troops

15 Apr

I was writing this post and I wanted to once again thank our troops for their service. I know we do not thank them enough, nor can we ever thank them enough.

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We had a nephew who served aboard the USS Enterprise during the first gulf war. Sweet Thing was sending him packages of things he said he needed and couldn’t get while on-board. We had another nephew who recently returned from a posting on the Iraq-Iranian border. She sent him things he needed, as well as little things to take his mind off of his situation and make things easier. One of the main things he requested was baby wipes. He said during the day he got sand into places that sand was never intended to be. Thankfully both of them returned to us safe and sound. We had a young lady from our church deployed to Afghanistan, and we sent her packages as well. She sent us a note after each one thanking us for the package. The last note we received last week said she would be returning home in two weeks and we are grateful for that. We also had the husband of a friend of ours deployed to Afghanistan as a helicopter pilot. While he was there we sent him care packages as well. He recently returned home and stopped by to thank us personally for the packages. He also brought Sweet Thing a gift.

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This is a hand-made bracelet with Lapis stones mined in Afghanistan. These stones have only recently been discovered in other parts of the world. Until lately, they were only found in a small area of Afghanistan. They have been mined there for over 6000 years! He bought this bracelet in a bazaar that resembled something out of the tale “1001 Arabian Nights”. We told him we just wanted him to know we were thinking about him and praying for his safe return, no gift was necessary. So we have seen and felt the sacrifices these troops and their family’s go through while loved ones are serving in the military. So no matter if you are serving overseas or right here in the USA, once again I want you to know, you have our heartfelt Thanks!

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As a related side note, I just read the “The Big E”, the USS Enterprise has been deployed to the Persian Gulf. You can read about it here. USS Enterprise Do you think the administration knows something we don’t? Like maybe Israel is preparing to bomb the Iranian nuclear facilities? I promise you, when that happens the entire Muslim world will go insane with hatred. Tomorrow I am going to Sam’s club and buying 100 rolls of toilet paper. Go ahead and laugh if you want to. Good luck with that National Geographic magazine, I plan on being prepared. And the paper won’t go to waste, I’ll just store it in the pantry and it will be there when I need it. Be prepared!

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