Saturday, May 16, 2009
Today is Armed Forces Day here in the United States. Many nations celebrate it at various times of the year. In America, we do so on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to honor Americans serving in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. I personally want to say "thank you" to those who are serving and to those who have served.
Yesterday I met a man working at Wal-Mart who shared that he had fought in Vietnam and did a stint "in the desert." He sustained some injuries. I told him my father served in Vietnam as well, and as he was walking away, I said, "Thank you for your sacrifice." He seemed a little surprised by my words, as if he hadn't heard them too many times. I do thank him for his service, as I thank all those who have served and those currently serving. We get to enjoy so many freedoms because they have been willing to give up so many of their own.
Below is a video that played during the 2008 campaign. I know the election is over, but I want to post it here anyway. It caused me to weep the first time I saw it. Take a close look at the young man as he walks away.
Aside: The man in the video addresses his comments to Obama as he praises and endorses John McCain. While I must say I did not agree with everything McCain did or how he handled his campaign, I honor him as an American war hero. In addition to that, he did America a huge favor with his selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate, bringing her into the national spotlight where she belongs!