Honoring Veterans today ... it seems strange to say "Happy Veterans Day" because really, what's so happy about remembering the horrors of war? One of the hardest things for me about being a liberal against the war is the assumption by many that I'm somehow against the soldiers. Not so. Not so at all. I respect and appreciate their service. I also am in awe of the sacrifice they've made, and not to mention what their families have given up. For a lot of us it's almost like the war is a reality TV show portrayed on the evening news. For military folks, it's missing the birth of their babies, their children's milestones and the warmth that comes from waking up next to the person you love. For them, it's seeing things and living through experiences they'll never forget - though they'll try for the rest of their lives.
There are mothers and fathers, husbands, wives, children and friends of soldiers all over the country setting their table for one less every day, answering knocks at the door with held breath, waiting, hoping and praying for the safe return of their loved one. Regardless of my personal feelings about the war itself, I DO respect these sacrifices. And today is a reminder to say Thank You. Out loud. To those who have served our country recently and in years past. Because it's not over for them. Just because they don't talk about it doesn't mean they don't want their efforts acknowledged. A soldier's service doesn't end the day they are discharged. It's forever.
So, to all of you who've served our country to protect me and the people I love: