Never Forget

Never forget is what the Israelis say about the Holocaust. They live by this credo. It is why most Israeli citizens are required to serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) for a period of between two and three years.

        Vietnam Soldiers Memorial in Washington D.C.

Sometimes I think America should bring back the draft and draft women too. Of course it’s easy for me to say being way beyond the age for that type of obligation. But just think for a second of how Americans are so divided these days. Think of how young people have little or no appreciation for our veterans or those who sacrifice so much by serving in the military even if they do not see combat. How much better would we be if our young people learned discipline, responsibility and self-reliance by serving in the military? My guess is we’d be a lot better and have a lot fewer snowflakes and maybe even less PC crap.

Today is the day for us to renew our reverence for our veterans and their families, and remember “All gave some and some gave all”. I recently had the privilege to visit the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. and to look up the name of the brother of my best friend in high school, William J. McFarland.

He was so young but look at any of the photos of the soldiers who stormed Normandy. They were young too.

Why do we offer up these kids for war? And more importantly why do they go? They do it for all kinds of reasons, love of country, patriotism, family tradition to name but a few, but the they do it and that’s what we should never forget.

Take time today to remember our veterans and all who serve or have served and especially for those who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for our freedom.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

~Psst, tired of politics? Check out Travel in the Categories drop down menu (right side panel) for my blogs posted from interesting locations during my travel adventures.

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One Response to Never Forget

  1. Sandra Gray says:

    Thank you for this great post Mikie.

    Rob and I spent many years helping to support Robert Gowan’s organazation, The Gathering of Eagles. From the beginning Robert strove to give support and care to the men and women of our armed forces.

    He first started sending coffee, which the growers donated and others supplied the funds for postage, pots, etc. to Afganastan. Then he and a smell group of people set up a canteen to offer cold water and drinks and later hot dogs and P&J sandwhichs, to the troops off loading the equipment that went to Pahakaloa.

    We were rewared by meeting a group of men and women who went into the military with specific goals in mind. They learned discipline, responsibility, and self-reliance. And they were learning skils to take with them into civilian life.

    These were amazing people who came through our port and went to work to protect our country. I was honored to meet them.

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