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Monday, May 25, 2009

Memorial Day

This is a gimme, isn't it? It's Memorial Day, the day we remember those who sacrificed (some call it the ultimate sacrifice) for our country, our freedom. Service, it's about service.

I guess what I want to remember during times like these are the really special soldiers. You don't know what I mean, do you?

Well, even though it only lasted 10 years, I was a career Army officer. I made a commitment when I gave my oath to protect and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Soldiers like I was, those who volunteered, the ones who thought (even though they probably had no idea about how big the sacrifice) that they would be willing to do whatever was asked, well, they are definitely to be commended and lauded.

The special soldiers, though, the special soldiers to me are the ones who didn't want to go, may even have tried to get out of going into harm's way, but ended up going anyway....and then gave all they had. To me, those men and women, they are the special soldiers even more deserving of our recognition.

So, today, remember those not only who volunteered and looked for opportunities to sacrifice, but those great many who did their utmost, regardless of how they felt, because their efforts meant something.

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