Veteran’s Day

Today, we celebrate all the men and women in the US armed forces.  Normally I try to shy away from the political situations, however today I realized politics is everywhere. I can’t escape it, or run from it.  Tonight, I post a really sensitive subject.  You have been warned.

I was in Super America today, a local convenience store chain for those of you that don’t know what that is, and kiddie corner from there in a four-way intersection, for the past six years have been war protestors.  Not everyday but usually every other weekend.  Anyway, one of them was in the store explaining what they were doing there to one of the newer clerks.

He said something to the effect of the war is costing a quarter of the national spending, and that they support the troops and what they do, but think it’s wrong that the war is profitable.  Can somebody tell me how we are profiting? Honestly? We have lost so many soldiers and so much money that is funneled into these wars.

Let’s talk about the money. I come from a military family, I married into a military family.  One family member was in Iraq.  His convoy was hit, one was seriously wounded. He was also wounded.  Had we not spent the money for the armor and equipment, he wouldn’t have made it back.

With signs like “peace is patriotic” and “honk for peace”, it just makes me think they want to just appease whoever and they’ll go away. Just like they went away on 9-11. How about soldier morale? Do you think if a soldier saw this they’d say thank you? Hell no! My brother-in-law wants to punch them in the face! He knows they have the right to say it, don’t get all uppity.  He just feels that they are not actually being supportive.

I don’t get why people are not understanding that peace can not be achieved without victory, in most cases.  Do I think it’s gone on too long? Yes. Do I think pulling out now is the best option? No.

War is hell, the price is high. Today is the anniversary of the end of World War 1. World war II was supposed to be the end of all wars.  Of course it wasn’t. As long as there are people out there who think that freedom is the devil’s work, there will be more. It takes a special kind of person to stand between you and the enemy and say “No one will take your freedom today. Not on my watch.”

To all of those that serve have served or will serve.  Thank you, you are truly America’s heros.  Without you we would not be the greatest country in the world. Good night everyone.


2 thoughts on “Veteran’s Day

  1. Nice post Ken. I’ve heard of these protestors since I moved back here. The anger and rage I used to feel has long passed. Just as there will always be war, there will always be protestors. They will never understand how our military actions have shaped history. They won’t meet in the middle and term conflict as a neccessary evil. Those who don’t understand this have probably never attempted to.


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