I went to school in the 1960s and the 1970s. I remember seeing peace symbols, marches, protesters, flowers, news clips, upset people. I wonder how the veterans from those years feel now? These days we try to appreciate our veterans. We should not forget all the older veterans and their families.
I am female and have never been in the military; but I appreciate that I am not enslaved or treated like trash because I’m not the same as everyone else. Our veterans, all veterans, are the ones who’ve made it possible. I can’t forget my freedom. I’m not always able to show my thanks to any vet I see. Not all vets are plainly marked to be recognized. Thousands of people, men and women, don’t advertise the fact of being a vet. It’s like being an officer of the law in at least two ways. Well, definitely more in fact:
1) It’s dangerous
2) Not everybody is willing to do the job.
3) It is a necessary job.
4) Many have families.
5) Some die or are hurt irreparably.
6) They are all human beings.
9-11 made us aware that we are not alone on the planet. We need to be aware that others do not agree with our beliefs. Criminals and terrorists are not compassionate, they don’t care or forget. They don’t care if others get hurt; nor do they forget what they want to do. We can’t afford to forget either.