Wednesday, November 11, 2009

My Thanks to our Men and Women in Service

This is from an e-mail my father sent me a couple years ago. Happy Veterans' Day to him and to all the other veterans who have sacrificed for our Country.

It is the SOLDIER, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the SOLDIER, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the SOLDIER, not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the SOLDIER, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the SOLDIER, not the politician,
who has given us the right to vote.

It is the SOLDIER,
who salutes the flag,


It is the
SOLDIER,
who serves under the flag,

and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.

Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC

1 Comments:

At November 10, 2009 at 11:51 PM, Anonymous Chris Lawrence said...

If only the soldier were allowed to fully participate in the democracy that they have defended for the rest of us... saddly, as happened to me, we are good enough to risk our lives to defend this democracy, but we aren't good enough to actually run in open race against this corrupted machine... and GLBT service members are still force to lie about who they are - shameful. But as a veteran, I agree with the thanks we should give them - it is those who either fixed the system, or were complicit with the fixing, that should be ashamed of the lip service we give to our veterans.

 

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