For Those Who Serve
Estimates are that less than 8% of the United States population will have served in the military at any one time. Approximately 1.4 million currently serve in uniform. These are the numbers that make freedom and liberty possible for 323+ million citizens.
Behind each number there is a story of sacrifice, joy, and pain. Men and women who set aside their hopes, desires, and aspirations for the cause of a greater good. Many of whom would never get the chance to resume their previous path.
Sacrifice. It is just a word on a piece of paper. What does it mean? 27 million veterans each have a story to tell. If you want to get a sense of what sacrifice is, read the book, With the Old Breed written by Dr. Eugene Sledge. Dr. Sledge then a young man, served as an enlisted mortarman with the Marines at Peleliu and Okinawa. If you are more of a visual person, you can watch the HBO series, Pacific. Even though it is from Hollywood, the series follows the books written by Eugene Sledge. My father served in the Navy on a troop transport that delivered Marines to Iwo Jima. Dad spoke of the many men buried at sea, and that he would always take his hat off to any Marine.
Now we have self-absorbed million-dollar athlete babies who see it as a great and high accomplishment to kneel during the National Anthem, having made no sacrifice at all!
To all my brothers and sisters in arms, I honor you and your sacrifice, and it will always be so.