Being Thankful For Being Free

November 11, 2011 at 5:56 pm Leave a comment

Today is Veteran’s Day. It’s a time to fly our flag and be proud of the women and men that protect our country. It’s a time to reflect on those who have died or put themselves in harms way to defend our way of life. Other than July 4th and Memorial Day this is a day filled with honor and remembrance.

Though I’m not a big fan of war, and I’m sure many of you aren’t, there have been times in our history that it has been unavoidable. There have been times when our brave men and women have been asked to go into battle for reasons many of us did not or do not understand or agreed with. Nevertheless these young people heeded the call without question and stepped up and protected us. Some sacrificed their lives, others their health and well-being.

I would like to thank those in the military for giving me a safe home free from the threat of an enemy. I would also like to thank not only them but all who serve our country by protecting its inhabitants. The Coast Guard, the National Guard, the Reserves, are all as important as the active branches of the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force.

I would also like to thank those who protect us on the home front: our law Enforcement Officers in their many forms, Firefighters, EMT’s, First Responders, Volunteers, any and all who make it safe for us by protecting us in our homeland. All these people put their life on the line everyday for us so that we can go about our daily business relatively free and without fear.

This is a day of taking a moment of silence to remember those who died and served in past conflicts, which fought hoping that their war was the last. It’s a day to look inside and ask yourself what can I do to prevent the next war or conflict. How can I live so others don’t have to die to protect me? How can we as a world learn to get along in peace and harmony? Is it just a dream? I think not, or at least I hope not. Gandhi believed that in order to change the world you start with yourself. I have to agree with him.

Let me suggest that today we honor our Veterans by looking within and truly look for ways to prevent war. To find ways to live peacefully with our neighbors whether they are next-door or overseas. To look at ourselves in such a way that we understand that by changing our individual attitudes we can change the world and by making that change war may become an archaic word in the near future.

Let’s dedicate ourselves this next year to teaching peace instead of war, harmony instead of discord. Let’s become individual examples of what we would like the rest of the world to be. Then perhaps, just perhaps, in a few generations there will be no need for war.

Happy Veteran’s Day!

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