Veterans Day

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I received this email from a friend back in September who served in the Navy in Vietnam.   I thought her message was moving, and she linked to a story that was poignant,  shocking and deeply sad.   I kept it to reprint today. It is the story of a funeral procession of a fallen soldier,  Sergeant lst Class William B. Woods.

“Dear Friends,
 
I have selected send to all in my contacts list.   I hope this does not inconvenience any of you.   I have not seen or heard any tv or radio news today, so if you’ve already heard this story I hope you don’t mind that you have heard it again from me.
 
I was doing a regular check in and reading of topics on The Fountain Pen Network website I belong to and found a topic of discussion about the Procession for a Fallen Soldier’s body from the airport to (I assume) the mortuary from which his funeral will be held and a civilian woman’s complaint to the country sheriff’s office about her inconvenience getting home from work that day because of the procession.   I’m sharing this with my friends. . . As many of you know I am a US Navy veteran and I support the efforts of our military forces with my whole heart.   I may not always believe in the politics of this war or past wars, but the American men and women who serve this country deserve every ounce of support, respect and courtesy every American owes each and every one who has put his or her life on hold to do their duty.   When a soldier, sailor, or airman falls we all owe that person a debt of gratitude for their sacrifice.”  

SFC-woods

Read the original complaint letter and the sheriff’s response here.

One thought on “Veterans Day

  1. My own personal belief, as a veteran, is that we did our country a disservice when we ended the draft. Prior generations shared the knowledge of the sacrifice required of our military members. But our volunteer service places a disproportionate burden on those families willing to give their all for their country and insulates the remainder from the consequences of world events and their representatives’ actions on their behalf.

    I see no reason why every healthy man AND woman over the age of majority should not serve their country. The travel required to serve in foreign lands teaches compassion, patience, and a firm respect for all that our country has to offer, rather than a sense of entitlement. There has, and always will be, the option of conscientious objection, if one has a sincere belief, as that, too, is one of the strengths of this nation.

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