Thank Our American Veterans
What are Veterans and why should we thank them? A veteran is a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released from service under conditions other than dishonorable. These are the men and women who have served their country, allowing us to have the freedoms we enjoy today. During peace times they served in the United States and around the world, often away from their families for long periods of time. During times of conflict they served under dangerous conditions, often being wounded, changing their lives forever.
J.L. Sager wrote a poem which tells about the importance of a Veteran.
Thank A Veteran For Your Freedom
By J. L. Sager
It was a veteran, not a reporter,
Who guaranteed freedom of the press.
It was a veteran, not a poet,
Who guaranteed freedom of speech.
It was a veteran, not a campus organizer,
Who guaranteed freedom to demonstrate.
It was a veteran, not a minister,
Who guaranteed freedom to worship.
It was a veteran, not a salesman,
Who guaranteed freedom to own property.
It was a veteran, not a travel agent,
Who guaranteed freedom to travel.
It was a veteran, not a politician,
Who guaranteed freedom to vote.
It is a veteran who salutes the Flag,
Risks it all for the Flag,
And who is buried beneath the Flag.
The Korean War Memorial in Washington DC says “Our Nation honors her sons and daughters who answered the call to defend a country they never knew and a people they never met”. The Veterans who served, and those who died in this war, knew the meaning of Freedom.
Time Magazine thought the American Soldier was so important that it named them the “Persons of the Year” in 2003.
Buttons have been made to thank our Veterans and a National holiday was created for them — Veteran`s Day.
Many American soldiers were Prisoners of War (POWs) or Missing in Action (MIAs). The Flag that represents these soldiers was flown over the White House in 1988. This flag is the only flag ever displayed in our United States Capitol Rotunda. In 1990 Congress passed a law recognizing the flag and it now flies at memorials, public buildings, government buildings and US Postal Offices all over our Nation.
The Defense prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office says:
World War I had 7,323 POWs and 3,350 still missing
WWII had 194,879 POWs and 78,750 still missing
Korean War had 12,654 POWs and 8,215 still missing
Cold War had 124 POWs and 124 still missing
Southeast Asia conflict had 2,596 and 1,905 still missing
I was recently at a Veteran`s Nursing home where there were men and women who had bravely served their country. Many of them had been wounded during battle and others were there because they were getting older and needed care. They were all listening to a musical program and the show ended with a musician playing “God Bless America”. Suddenly these Veterans, most of them in wheelchairs, struggled to stand up at attention and salute! None of them sat down until the song was over. They were so proud to have served and I was so proud of each and every one.
THANK A VETERAN — THEY DESERVE IT!