Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Injustice of Life and Death


I'd like to take a little break from snarcasm and humor today. I feel moved to do more than just "think" about our veterans today. Last week has shown us that the ultimate sacrifice does not have to be far from home. I'm sure you have heard what happened in Fort Hood, Texas, last Thursday. It breaks my heart that someone would harm other soldiers and civilians serving a country that has given us so much.

No matter how you feel about the current administration or even if you think the country is going to Hell in a Hand Basket, please be grateful today, if only for a moment. In that moment, please honor those that have died for our country and find a soft spot in your heart for the families of those killed last week and for those that were injured.



If you have served in the military or are currently serving, please feel free to SHOUT IT OUT in the comments section today and a big Texas THANK YOU for your service.

***APPLAUSE***

Photo: Fort Hood, flag at half-mast, Photo Phiend on flickr.com, Creative Common license (see sidebar).

17 comments:

Me-Me King said...

Well said. Although I have never served, I have friends and family that have. It's a thankless job, we salute you!

Quirkyloon said...

Two words: thank-you!

mama-face said...

As a daughter and sister of Military men your post really touched me. As I watched parts of the funeral yesterday I cried and was so proud of the ranks of men and women standing so united. I know that people from all walks of life are hurting from this tragedy, especially each branch of the military.

Bless your heart for your thoughts.

honeypiehorse said...

Nicely put. and so true.

otin said...

It is nice to see how many people really love our veterans! Great stuff, here!

Leeuna said...

A beautiful tribute. Thanks for remembering. I have a nephew who just returned from Iraq a few weeks ago. This was his second time being deployed.

Deb said...

Great post, RG.

Thank you, Dad. You blew off a 4-year football scholarship at Duke and volunteered for the Army right out of high school, leaving your small town and the Leave It To Beaver life for a 2-year stint as an Army Ranger. You went to Korea, patrolling the DMZ, looking at the N. Koreans looking back at you through the sight of your rifle. You lived in a Quonset hut with no heat in the bitter cold. The war had just ended but tensions were high. Thank you for your service from the age of 18 to 20, when most that age now are having all night keggers and playing WarCraft online.

Thank you vets for your selflessness.

Marvin D Wilson said...

Nicely done tribute and thank you post. I will keep my anit-current administration mouth shut on this one and join you in saying, from the bottom of the Old Silly's heart, "THANK YOU!" to all the brave men and women defending this, while still having its many faults, still the best example of a free country in all recorded history of humanity.

Margaret said...

Thank all of you for serving. This was really well written and I think people should do more the soldiers that are coming home.

Collette said...

Great post! I was shocked and saddened to see what transpired at Fort Hood. God bless those who were affected by this tragedy. My heart goes out to them.
A big THANK YOU to all of the men & women in our armed forces who unselfishly protect our United States of America! I salute you!

MikeWJ at Too Many Mornings said...

Soldiers go through hell, in battle or not. Thanks for reminding us to remember them today.

Waltsense.com said...

“It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate. It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.” Father Dennis O’Brien, USMC

Elizabeth said...

Thank you for your lovely post. It means a lot to family members of service men too.

Jacki said...

****APPLAUSE****

Very well said!!

Jean Knee said...

shout it out!!

Sue said...

Sometimes you have to take a break from the usual posting because somethings have to be said and you said it very well!

The Constant Complainer said...

Thank you to all those serving or who have served!


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