Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans' Day 2009

Then = Nov. 11th - Another day off of school.  WOOHOO!!
Now = Nov 11th - Another day off of school.  AND a BIG thank you to all those who have served and are currently serving to protect our country.  It's because of you that we have the privilege of being able to openly say, "God Bless America". 
Then - "Why do my brothers have to join the Navy/Army/Air Force?"
Now - I'm so proud that my older brothers and father and uncle (who emigrated from Ireland), and the love of my life elected to serve in the military.
Then - I think we had a better idea of who the "enemy" was.
Now - In this age of political correctness, are we too afraid of even THINKING someone might be an "enemy"??
Don't get me wrong on this.  I'm not a war-monger.  Nor am I a pacifist.  I believe we must do whatever we must do to keep this country safe.  And if it means NOT being PC, so be it.  I want to know that my kids and grandkids will be able to live in a country that will allow them the freedom to say what they think, no matter how contrarian it might be. 

I am so proud to say I am an American.  I am so honored to know that millions voluntarily step up to serve to protect us.  I'm so privileged to say, openly and from deep in my heart,


Laura said...

Nicely said, and nicely done!!!!

Leanne said...

Wonderful post. Such a great picture of your Dad - what a great way to honor him, and the many like him. Thanks, Peggy!

Bill said...

You are right on target. Those of us that believe we must do whatever is needed to protect us shouldn't be confused with those that simply admire force. And those that volunteer to put themselves in harms way should be thanked every day of the year. To ignore the reality of evil is naive. To fail to appreciate those that fight evil is insane.

May the Good Lord watch over all his children and give us wisdom to make good decisions.