We are in a frightening time in the history of the world. Virtually no continent is untouched by the ugly specter of war. Everyday seems to bring news of some other conflict renewing or starting. Peace is becoming a difficult commodity to come by. War seems to be the currency of our time. As a currency or measure of our society, war is an expensive proposition. Yet, unfortunately, there are a few countries that seem to only respond to force, thereby occupying our military in an effort to bring peace about.
The men and women, who serve in all branches of our military, should be venerated for their sacrifices. They have chosen a path that carries a terrible risk. Whether they are frontline or support personnel, each moment they serve they bring a measure of peace to our world. Without these brave and courageous men and women, we would not be the country we are today. Our freedoms and privileges have been granted by the sacrifice of these citizens. They do their job, whether they support the reasons they are in conflict or not. In prior years, their sacrifice has been diminished and discounted. They have been spat upon, ridiculed, called reprehensible names, and abandoned by people who can not appreciate the fact that their liberty to speak their minds has been bought with a precious currency. That currency is the blood of our military personnel.
Each man and woman serving in the numerous conflicts abroad have left behind husbands, wives, children, fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers. They have left behind people who pray for their safety everyday with fervor. They pray for their loved ones to come home, for the conflicts to be over, for peace to reign. Alas, peace is often fleeting because of the moral frailties of mankind. As long as people are abused, oppressed and slaughtered for the people they were born to, peace will not be welcomed. Our military personnel will be needed to help protect our liberties.
These men and women should be present in our prayers and in our thoughts. We need to pray for their strength, compassion and mercy. That they may execute their duties with honor and courage. When we see them coming home from their assignments, we should look them in the eyes and say ‘Thank You’. Whether we agree with the politics of the conflicts, the men and women of our armed services deserve our gratitude and our respect. They are out there up holding our standards so that we can enjoy the lifestyle and privileges that we have.
Thank you to every man and woman who have served in all the branches of the military, present and past. Thank you for your sacrifice, your courage, and your tenacity. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your courage. I pray every night for the blessing of safety to be placed upon you. Thank you for your service. May God bless and protect each one of you.