Grateful to President Truman, who led the effort to establish a holiday for citizens to unite and honor our military heroes for their patriotic service in support of the United States of America. This day is when we should all thank the men and women who served in our military. Way too many times, they are disrespected or forgotten. They choose to serve to keep us all safe. There hasn’t been a draft in many years. Which means every man and women who are now serving do it voluntarily. They have pride in their country enough to want to make the sacrifice to ensure the standards which this country was founded on, stay in place for all to reap the reward.
I am proud to come from a long line of family members who have served in this countries military. It is not always easy serving. I remember a time in New York City during Fleet Week; we were there to represent our ship the USS Frank Cable AS-40. Walking down the street in my Dress White Uniform when a local young man came up to me, stated, “I just want to tell you how awful you look in that uniform.” People around me were just as shocked to hear what the man said as I was. It made me realize some will never understand how good they have it and why.
Remember to thank all service members you see who are currently serving or has served. Don’t be shy, walk up to them, shake their hands, and thank them for their service. During the lockdown we are experiencing, you could just be nice enough to post something on social media. Or, if you know, one personally then send them an email or a message. Let them remember that they are not forgotten; their sacrifice wasn’t in vain. You are grateful for the freedom you have today due to the job they did to protect our country.
On a more personal note, I feel we should have more patriotic days to remind people of the pride they should have for the country they live in today. Too many kids today don’t know the patriotic songs which were taught to me in school during kindergarten. Those songs remain with me today, along with the pride I learned from them. I feel anyone who disrespects the flag that represents the battle that granted its freedom, or any service member who fight to keep the freedom. Should be required to serve in the Armed Forces, maybe then they can learn what it takes to know the honor as well as the love for our country.
God bless our country and all who made it great, happy Armed Forces Day!