Last post I wrote on how much has changed, and for the better. Tonight I wanted to write about what hasn't changed. You see, I am struck sometimes by certain scenes that play out in front of me.
Take the example of walking by and seeing a group of Soldiers crowded around water bottle boxes playing cards, or the Soldiers who have befriended the puppy. I am almost thrown back to remembering photos and stories told by my Grandparents or my Father about World War Two or Vietnam.
But there are even more poignant scenes than that. The vision of the young Medic holding the Iraqi child in his arms after an explosion. Children hiding behind US Soldiers after an explosion in a crowded market place because they know where they are safe. Photos from Operation Marjah of young Marines under fire, and at the same time protecting Afghan civilians caught in the cross fire. Any one of these scenes could have been taken from present day, Vietnam, Korea, World War Two, or we can keep going back all the way to the Revolutionary War.
My point is, we do not have an unbelievable Military Force because of our technology, or our budget to buy lots of equipment. We have an unbelievable Military Force because of America's Sons and Daughters serving in it. That is what makes it so special, and that has not changed throughout the years. The same dedication to excellence, dedication to the mission, and caring for your fellow human being is just as alive and strong today as it was in years past. They are truly Heros.
God Bless America
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