By Jared Jenkins
In war, there are lives risked and lives taken
men and women giving their best to defend what they love
They defend their country
Some call them soldiers
Others call them heroes
Our veterans have risked their lives for us
They have lived through hell and fought with honor
Many have killed
And regret doing so
For every life, there is a soul
For every soul, there is a life
For those who have died, we show great appreciation and remembrance
For those who live, along with them live the horrific memories of battle
Some, memories of defeat
Some, memories of victory
Our veterans were more than soldiers
They were, and still are heroes
Although I served two tours of duty in Vietnam, the true heroes were the men and women who served during World War I and World War II. Without their bravery, imagine where we all would be today. So if you see an old man selling poppies and proudly wearing his military garb, please do not only buy one from him but also shake his hand and thank him. Pin that poppy on too, to show you care.
Here is an old photo of my dad, who served in the Pacific at Guam and my uncle John, who survived Omaha Beach.
Veterans day is tomorrow and this day always floods my mind with thoughts of friends lost and lives sacrificed in the name of freedom. It also makes me look around and see so many people who don't have a clue or just don't care. As for me, I will continue to have the nightmares and the questions I ask myself. But I was proud to serve, as were all of the Vets who returned to try to pick up their lives where they left off and moved forward into a new and uncertain world....
Please fly your flag tomorrow and thank a Vet because you are able to.