Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Today I am Proud

Today is Veterans Day and I'd like to thank my dad for his service to our country. He fought in Vietnam, enlisting before he could be drafted, just after graduating from Yale High School. I'm proud of him for this feat; for leaving his peers and family behind, for fighting for something he may not have believed in as a whole, and mostly, for returning home unharmed to my mom so that our family could come into being. I may not know much about his time in Vietnam, as I'm sure is the case with the children of most veterans, but I know it must have been really challenging to accept the fate of being a soldier at a time when the choice was to serve or flee.
Although we may not agree with the past or present motivations for the conflicts the United States has engaged in, we can agree that the dedication that service members, young and old, have displayed is admirable. Veteran is a word that inspires awe and pride in me. Courage and valor. Trust and strength. Twenty-four million of these individuals share our communities with us and the least we can do is offer this one day to them in hopes that everyday they realize that they are appreciated for the time they gave to their country whether for 1 year or 60.

1 comment:

janet said...

I agree. My father is a WW11 vet.No matter what the war, we need to support the people willing to fight. They are truly heroes. Glad you posted this.

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