Thank You Veterans

-By Warner Todd Huston

America is a singularly different nation where it concerns our military veterans. We love them. We even have a national holiday to honor them. This is not so in most of the rest of the world. Elsewhere military veterans are not so loved as they are here.

Is that because the United States is the Sparta of the world, loving war more than anything else? Hardly. In fact its because our soldiers bring peace wherever they go, not perpetual war.

In other countries, soldiers are usually the dregs of society, living off the people while at the same time lording over them with machine guns and violence.

In other countries the military is feared by both the people and the government because all too often the army is used to take power and steal away the government for its own aggrandizement. There is no accident that the word "coup" is one rarely spoken in the USA unless when viewing foreign news.

So, not in America. In the USA we respect our soldiers because they respect us as much as they respect the law.

When an American sees a soldier an American will feel pride, not fear. When an American hears that a fellow is a veteran, an American thanks that fellow for his service.

In other countries when people see soldiers they fear them, they loathe them. In other countries they don't want to sit near soldiers on public transportation, they avoid eye contact. Here we shake their hand and ask if they need anything.

So, from us to you, our dear military veterans, we thank you. We thank you for putting your lives on hold while serving us, while making sure we are safe and able to go about our business unafraid of danger, and for putting your own safety at risk.

Happy Veterans Day to you all.

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  • Well said!

    Especially the part about putting their own lives on hold and jeopardizing their personal safety so that we may all enjoy our liberty.

    Of all the patriots, these brave men and women are the ones who "walk the walk" and we all owe them a debt of gratitude.

  • In reply to Brent Cohrs:

    Thank you, Brent. I know we disagree on many other things, but with this we can be 100% in agreement.

  • Thank you Veterans.......

    "How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!" -Maya Angelou

    Today... is Christmas! There will be a magic show at zero-nine-thirty! Chaplain Charlie will tell you about how the free world will conquer Communism with the aid of God and a few Marines! -Gunnery Sergeant Hartman

  • Damn you, Publius!

    You force me to say I (almost entirely) agree with you.

    But I'm not sure I agree that, "our soldiers bring peace wherever they go, not perpetual war." Perhaps not literally perpetual war, but we often stay longer than we should - or leave before peace is assured.

    Still, this is the fault of politicians and not the brave men and women doing their duty as best they can. After all, sometimes you have to go to war with the Secretary of Defense you've got, and not the one that you would want.

    Or something like that.

    I join you in saluting, and thanking our veterans.

  • In reply to Crazy Liberal:

    LOL. Thanks CL.

  • Well said Warner. I do however wish we as a Country did even better...to be better than those other Countries you allude to is simply not good enough. I think for some people, if they aren't seeing body bags...or flagged coffins, the Wars, and those who have/are sacrificing so much, are sadly out of sight/out of mind. We should be acknowledging them..thinking of them...praying for them ..(if one's beliefs allows) every day. We should give them all the resources necessary to suceed here at home, to get the help, psychologically, medically, educationally, etc. to reach their full potential in life. They've done more for us than we could ever convey in words, and for us to be more concerned with....Dancing With the Stars...or Kim Kardashian's wedding...is unacceptable.

    Thanks WTH

  • In reply to koolking83:

    Also very well said.

    Although, with a little luck, one of our brave veterans may actually win Dancing With The Stars...

  • In reply to koolking83:

    I have to approve comments. They don't show up automatically, just so you all know.

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