Veteran’s Day was this week and I received an email from my Dad, the Colonel, that I wanted to share with everyone. No, it has nothing to do with technology, but it has everything to do with being an American, and being grateful. Things that I believe are in short supply these days.
“Each year on Vets day and/or Memorial day, I normally send out a greeting to my fellow veterans and loyal American friends. For various reasons this year, I have not been in the mood and have not been very moved. I cannot pinpoint precisely why. I have not changed in my firm belief in this great nation and all that it stands for. Having personally spent over thirty years in support of and defense of a set of values, I am not likely to change my mindset.
What is finally getting through to me is that there are a measure if folk who claim citizenship to this nation that I dearly love who do not feel nearly as committed to it as do I. Most of these citizens have never done anything in support of this country but rather have gone to great effort to verbally and by their actions demeaned and disgraced it. While I have always been aware that such folk were there, I had them fixed on the fringe and that we loyal and patriotic citizens were in the mainstream. By nature I have always been optimistic, yet for the first time, I now harbor some lingering doubts.
In awful places all over this earth good and patriotic servicemen and women stand in support of this wonderful nation, putting themselves in grave danger by their own choice. This knowledge gives me reason for hope. Yet, I see large segments of our population who either are ignorant of this concept of service or who chose to ignore any responsibility to defend our nation by word or deed. When we reach a point where there are few willing to support our values but many who are willing to damn them, we fail to function as a nation and are reprehensible as a people. As Vets, we must insure that we do all that we can to keep those who love our nation in the forefront. We must teach well our children and grandchildren.
When the next catastrophic attack occurs, let us pray that another generation of warriors are out there like a sleeping tiger ready to come forward. It is my belief that we will likely need those young warriors and very soon if our leadership wavers or shows weakness. Amid the gloom, there is always cause for hope. I wish all of my former comrades in arms a wonderful Vets day and hope that my remarks did not throw cold water on an other wise wonderful day. I feel that we must remain very vigilant in the next few months/years to insure we do not loose our moral fabric and thus our way as a nation.”
Thank you Dad. Thanks for the many times you risked your life for our country. I am so proud of you.