Gold Star Dad

The thoughts of a father who has lost a son to war

Veterans Day

Posted by fozzynok on 11/11/2009

Today is (was) Veterans Day, this is a direct kin to Memorial day. Today is not the day we mourn those who have been lost while in the service to our country. Today is the day we lift those men and women who decided to put their very lives on the line for their own, their fellow man, the constitution and humanity in general. We do not make people do this anymore. Those days are long past, the volunteers who come from the veins of America represent the very best of humans. To some the military is seen and doing violence and evil things to other humans. In reality, these men and women would rather not! These men and women (and their families would much rather collect their pay and do nothing more than live the life of a soldier, sailor, airman or marine. They are on the wall 24/7. We who have served know that the men and women who followed us are now taking out places and that there will be those who follow them and take their turn.

These are real people. Real people who have to do some very tough things to just make the grade to be IN the military. They hone their skills so they do not have to use them. They train and sweat and hurt and bleed in this training and share that burden with their new family. Some of us did these things and worked and sweat and toiled for nothing more than a stint in Europe or somewhere else in the world. The costs were not high for most of us, the trials of war did not come for us. It’s part of my personal shame. I much rather would have had to fight to save the children and their future. These men and women go and do these things with their brothers and sisters and they know that they have to or they will let their brothers and sisters down. Only when they are sure that those around them can carry the load, will they stand down. They have to be injured, incapacitated or killed to not feel the urge to go.

We have a group of men and women who have been answering the call. They answer the call when a huge majority of their countrymen will not, the masses don’t really care and haven’t for some time because they know that there are those who will answer for them. This like other holidays is a change to get off work and head out to somewhere and burn hot dogs and guzzle beer. I cherish the fact that there are still a few young veterans who will share their lives with me. I want to thank every veteran from the past, those serving today and those who are in the breech to serve. I salute you!


One Response to “Veterans Day”

  1. I am writing to introduce you to a national campaign recognizing the sacrifice of our military fallen men and women. Honor and Remember, Inc. is a 501 ( c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the establishment of a national remembrance flag.

    I am a volunteer with Honor and Remember, founded by George Lutz who lost his son to a sniper’s bullet in Iraq on December 29, 2005. In May 2008, Mr. Lutz unveiled the Honor and Remember Flag and began a national campaign to bring tribute to all of our fallen heroes.

    The Honor and Remember Flag recognizes all individuals from all wars or conflicts involving the United States who died while serving our nation, not only those killed in action, but all who have died in the line of duty. The flag serves as a symbol of national gratitude for the hundreds of thousands of American men and women who bravely made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve the freedoms we enjoy today.

    Our goals are as follows:

    · To gain congressional and military approval of the flag as an official permanent symbol to fly continuously in eternal honor and remembrance of fallen military men and women.

    · To educate the nation about the flag’s existence and symbolism,

    · To provide Gold Star families with an individually personalized tribute

    This is an historic movement that reaches out to America which will collectively honor all fallen military heroes, with a tangible emblem recognizing their sacrifice more than two days a year. On February 12, 2009 Congressman Randy Forbes introduced H.R.1034 in support of this important mission.

    Thank you for your help and I look forward to hearing from you.

    Michael Gordon

    Sign the Petition – Share the Vision – Fly the Flag
    Support the Military – Honor and Remember the Fallen
    Support H. R. 1034 designating the flag as a national symbol

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