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Thank you, Veterans.

I recently saw something I thought made an interesting point. (though if you get down too it, I don’t agree…)

It said that war is worse then hell, because the guilty go to hell– but even innocent people are harmed by war.

(I don’t exactly agree, because we are all guilty and deserve Hell… but it is an interesting idea.)

The other night I was watching a TV show and it was set during WWI. There were young men in the trenches, they were fighting and getting hurt. There was a scene in a hospital with many wounded.

Again there was an interesting point made. Someone said that when you are on the front line, you pray to be spared, but if that isn’t meant to be, you pray for a bullet to kill you cleanly.

And watching that, I realized, that isn’t war. That is a representation of war. An idea of war. A glimpse, maybe, into what it is. But it isn’t war. For starters, while WWI happened, the story was fictional!

I can watch many things, and read, and even visit historical places, but– and truly I am grateful– I have not experienced war.

And I hope I will not have to face war.

War isn’t glory.

It’s… I don’t know what it is. I can’t explain what war is.

I believe it would be worse then I imagine.

I am now coming under the impression I will never know what war is unless I ever go through it first hand. Even then, could I explain it? Because, surely, if it could be explained, in all the years and all the wars, someone would have found the words.

It hurts my heart when I see old men wearing their WWII veteran hats, or their Vietnam veteran hats.

So many of them were the age I am now or even younger when they went off to war, and while they obviously lived through the war, I wonder how it affected their lives even after it was over.

I know not everyone sees the worst of the war, many people do paper work and are never sent to the frontlines, but still. Especially when I think of people my age, how many of them would be selfless enough to truly fight for what was right this day in age? I believe most of them are too busy throwing tantrums when things don’t go our way.

I saw a picture one time, of an old man wearing a veterans hat and a little girl standing next to him. It was captioned something like the old man said to the little girl, “For you, I would do it all over again.”

I always feel really awkward when I try to or think about, thanking veterans. But they deserve it.

Thank you, Veterans. Thank you so very much for making this society as good as it is. I don’t deserve it, but I truly appreciate it.


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Veterans Day

Today, in the US anyway, is Veterans Day. A day we remember those who have given their lives, or are serving their country, for us.

(Just a warning, I briefly tried to think of a beautiful, eloquent way of saying this… but it’s just going to come out and hopefully make sense.)

It makes me sad to think about all the people that died for a country and then realize where it is.

When the colonist started fighting, I’m sure they had huge hopes for how things would go. And can you imagine how scary it must’ve been to become independent? They were so small you’d think it would’ve been easy for a country to come in and take over…. but they fought anyway.

It saddens me that people do not appreciate the freedoms they have. And it really bothers me that they throw away not only their freedoms but the freedoms for their future generations!!!

If you want to throw away your freedoms, fine it bothers me a lot, but it is your decision to make. But when you want to throw away MY freedoms…. what are you dumb or something? (Well, I guess I already established the fact that they are dumb because they are throwing away their freedom…) You try to take away my rights, I’m going to have something to say about it, and that’s a promise. (I’d probably end up just talking to myself, or ranting on my blog, or talking to my family, but I’d still have something to say about it.)

So, why don’t you take a moment to be content. (or at least try)
Why don’t you think for a moment about the history that is around you, the people who gave their lives, not only for their families or so they could have freedom, but so generations after them may enjoy freedom too.

I hope you have a wonderful day.

Thank you for serving my country, to the people now and in the past.



Five things I am thankful for:

1. Freedom

2. History

3. Veterans

4. my house

5. my home state


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