11 November 2013

Veterans Day

Veterans Day. What do you say? Happy Veterans Day? Is that the appropriate greeting? Are some of us supposed to be happy because we have lost friends in battle? Are some of us happy to have escaped with our lives and made it back home safely? Are some of us happy that we were able to serve but never experienced the horrors of war?

What is the correct salutation for the day? This isn't a birthday or Christmas. I don't think this is a joyous occasion for most of us. Veterans Day may bring on the worst memories and nightmares that a person can have or it may be just another reason to get drunk and have fun. 

What are we supposed to say and how do we respond? I think maybe the correct salutation for the day might be something like...

"Thank you. Thank you for your service and your sacrifices, whether here or abroad, in times of war for your blood, sweat and tears or in times of peace for standing ready to face the Beast. If you have put on the uniform, taken the oath, upheld that oath and battled for us or stood ready to do so, thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I thank you for my family's safety. I thank you for my country's well-being. God bless each and every one of you. God bless your families for the personal sacrifices that they have had to make while you do your duty to God and Country. Thank all of you, past, present and future. The time will come when we will have to battle the Beast again, here. Thank you for fighting the evil that others pretend does not exist."

The appropriate response? "You're Welcome"

In Liberty,
Cope Reynolds (Desertscout)
Southwest Shooting Authority of Arizona

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