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My bro in law is a photographer, one of his pictures I cherish, is a combat boot in the foreground, with a rose stuck in the Viet Nam War Memorial... know too many kids who died there...
Coincidentally my neighbor turned 90 yesterday, and I got him a flag flown over congress for his birthday.. he and another friend who is 92 were sharing some time together... amazing even they see the parallels between Afghanistan and Viet Nam... didn't even have to bring it up...
Sometimes when they are mellow they will talk about WWII, very amazing stories.. these will all fade soon.. take some time talk to a vet, and understand what they went through.. their was no talk of PTSDT after WWII. My neighbor liberated one of the concentration camps, and had to wait to go to Berlin after the Russians did, never got over that.
Thanked them for their service, both were in all 5 major battles in the European theater... both were airborne soldiers.
My father was in on D-Day, he brought cofferdams to be sunk off of Normandy to help quell the waters.. never conceptualized what he actually did until I went to the D-Day Museum in Nola, one of my favorite pictures was him in a Diving Bell off of Italy.. he sustained permanent lung damage from that, he was hospitalized in Italy for several weeks for "Pneumonia"... but he always knew they screwed up the gas mixture..
I hope we can all agree that the fewer ultimate sacrifices, the better a country we are. They should only be in harm's way when absolutely necessary - not on the basis of a lie or an ill-considered policy. (Yes I mean BOTH of our current major wars, and no, I DON'T want to devolve into which president is worse on that count.) Regardless of president, those among us that pray should pray for wise leadership with our men and women's interests at heart. Those who live and return aren't always whole, whether that's physical or mental. May we always take care of our own, after they give so much for us -- or for whoever speaks for us. And may those who give the orders in our name do it with dead seriousness of purpose.
Old men send young men to fight and die. May the old men giving the orders understand that those who fight and die or fight and live deserve the utmost consideration... whether we're deciding whether to fight, whether to stay in a war zone, or whether to recognize what our wars imply (five tours is not right. If we want a five-tour war [or two of them,] we need a draft, so they are one- or two-tour wars. If we don't need -- and I mean NEED -- a war, don't fight it.)
I am not a pacifist. I do see war as a last resort... for specifically the reasons, the thousands of them, we think about today.
There are MANY reasons that people choose to enter into the service of their country, both in peacetime and war. Most are noble, patriotic, and just. Almost all are far outside politics. While Tennyson is out of favor these days, there is much wisdom and a sad truth in his famous words. A truth that still exists today, more then 150 years after he wrote them
"Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why, Theirs but to do & die, Into the valley of Death rode the six hundred."
If you don't understand it at the time you answer the call, then it's something that you learn quickly. Duty is not something that requires your approval, only your preparation to do it, whatever the task is.
I feel blessed to have not been required during a time to offer a huge sacrifice to serve, and I feel honored in the presence of those that serve when the sacrifice was much great. In the end, it does not matter, only that when called, your answered. To my fellow veterans, my very best to you and your families on this great day.