With deep gratitude for our veterans both past and present, I am sharing my post from November 11, 2012:
I’m sitting here on my couch, sipping a glass of red wine, all snug and cozy with the fireplace lit next to me. My kids are tucked in bed, warm and dry, and my husband is getting us an evening snack.
As I sit here with my feet up, I realize I am so very fortunate. And if you live in freedom, you are fortunate too. We don’t have bombs going off around our heads. We are able to speak our minds (for the most part) without persecution. We may wear what we choose, make our own spiritual choices and educate our children regardless of their gender.
These things, which may seem commonplace to many of us, are privileges not enjoyed everywhere.
And freedom comes at a heavy cost. Veterans have witnessed and experienced the unspeakable, often in horrific conditions, their eyes shadowed with events they will carry with them forever. Meanwhile, the rest of us are free to go about our day-to-day lives, sipping lattes in “blissful ignorance” (an awful generalization, I know) at the local café.
If you have a loved one in the military or are in the armed forces yourself, I can only imagine what you must experience – the fear, anxiety and uncertainty, mixed with pride, love and the complete spectrum of emotions – when you or your loved one is called to serve. And all I can say is, thank you.
So in honour of our Armed Forces and their loved ones, I’d like to share this tribute that I found on YouTube:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86J_RTfg_zQ]
And on this Remembrance Day / Veterans Day, when we remember those who fought – or fought and died – to preserve freedom, let us say a HUGE THANK YOU to our armed forces, past and present, for:
– serving our country and defending the freedom of others
– peacekeeping when possible
– bearing an unspeakable burden in the hopes that future generations wouldn’t have to
– pushing through fear to help countless others
– Courage. Love. Patriotism. Strength.
Thank you doesn’t seem quite enough, does it? So in future, may we honour our veterans through our own actions, by supporting peace whenever possible.