Years ago the Vietnam moving wall, which is a travelling miniature replica of the memorial, came to town and I took my younger boys to see it. I was surprised to see how many Veterans had come out and had written notes and left the medals they had earned during the war at the base of the memorial for those who had paid the ultimate price. It was a very moving experience. I think war sucks but at times it is necessary. Regardless of the cause or justification, I still think those who serve in the military and risk so much are deserving of our respect and support.
I've seen shows that feature the training of Green Berets, Navy Seals, and Army Rangers and I have been amazed at the difficult training and sacrifices these elite soldiers have gone through. I am reminded that if I would attempt to join their ranks, I would look like Gomer Pyle. As impressive as those elite soldiers are, my hat is still off to the lowest ranking soldier or reservist. I recently saw a documentary on PBS that featured injured soldiers returning from Iraq with amputated limbs from the many IEDs they had encountered. I was reminded how dangerous their work is.
If you or your family have ever served our country in the military, my hat is off to you. The same goes to the families of those who have sacrificed while parents or spouses were away serving their country. You have my respect and I thank you for your sacrifice.