To our Veteran's, our current Active Military and their families. They have sacrificed so much so that the rest of us can have the freedoms we often take for granted. They definitely need more than just one day for us to show our appreciation, it should be done everyday.
Even if I had the physical strength to be part of our military, I know I don't have the mental or emotional strength to go through the things they have gone through; leaving my family and traveling half across the world, seeing the tragedies of war and knowing you still have to press on. I can't even imagine what they go through.
There are a few things that truly eat at me when it comes to our military and since this is my soapbox, I'm getting on it...
I HATE WITH ALL MY HEART THE PEOPLE WHO PROTEST SOLDIERS FUNERALS! And right behind those a-holes, I hate the people who seem to blame our soldiers for wars. Whether or not you support a war, you should always support our soldiers. Those amazing men and women are fighting for your right to be able to protest and voice your opinions (no matter how idiotic they are). In other countries, where you don't have a right to free speech and assembly, you also don't have a right to choose whether or not you want to be part of the military. If the government wants you, you're going. Americans choose to join the military because they, with all their heart, want to defend our country and preserve our freedoms. It always seems like the same a-holes who couldn't last a day going through what our military does EVERY day are the ones who are protesting. I especially detest the ones who have never worked a day in their life, went to an top-rated (read: expensive) university by way of their parents bank account and now are protesting.
Another thing I dislike is our treatment of Veterans and Current Military, especially those who have been injury during active duty. We treat our athletes and celebrities like they are gold, and our military members like the rags to wipe the gold. No Veteran should ever have a hard time finding a job after discharge, nor should there ever be an issue with their medical coverage. Why are we treating these men and women this way?
Okay, I'm hopping off my soap box. You can agree or disagree with me, I really don't care. This is my opinion. But regardless, we all need to take a minute to thank a soldier today, I have.