Tuesday, November 11, 2008

To Honor a Veteran....

This handsome man my daughter married is a veteran...he served our country in the United States Army....and he served in Iraq when we began our action over there in 2003. I could write a lot, but this time I'll let Luke do the writing, the following is a themed paper he wrote for a patriotic writing contest for the VFW. He was asked to submit his composition for the next level up and he is now competing with other students to place in a national contest. I cut and pasted his paper for you to read here because I cannot think of a better way to observe veteran's day than to honor a veteran within our own family that we are all extremely proud of .

Thad, we love you and honor you and all those who are like you today. A young man fresh out of high school ready to go serve his country wherever he may be needed is reason enough to keep on believing in the goodness of the United States of America. Thank God for all the boys who become men over the years in the way Thad did. God Bless America and God Bless Our Military and Our Soldiers.

Why America’s Veterans Should Be Honored
Luke G.

Why should America’s veterans be honored? America’s veterans should be honored because they risked their lives to defend their country: the United States of America. In any war, of all that we have been in, every veteran in every war who died in it, or who survived to live out the rest of his or her lives should be honored the same: greatly.
One example of that is World War II. Many men died in the battles of Normandy and Iwo Jima. They died defending our country. Normandy and Iwo Jima were two of the worst battles in World War II. The men that fought these battles were all braver than most people in the world today! In the battle of Normandy, around 10,000 men died, when only around 5,000 men have died in the war in Iraq. But every man in both World War II and the war in Iraq should be honored with great respect.
Another example is my brother-in-law, Thad B*****. He served our country for six and a half years, but before he was honorably discharged, he was a sergeant in the 3rd Armored Calvary of the US Army; he was a Bradley tank mechanic. His regiment came in from the Persian Gulf and he made his way with his regiment towards Baghdad and Fallujah. As they rolled into Fallujah on a convoy with people yelling at them and trying to stop the convoy.
He worked non-stop for days at a time with no sleep at all, and when he did sleep, it was on top of his "88" tank recovery wrecker's hood. Sometimes he would realize that he had not removed his boots for days when it was 120 degrees. They had no source of water, so they had to find ways to get it in hostile territory and in very dangerous conditions, but they had to have it to be able to do their work. He only got to talk to his mother one time while he was in Iraq and had to hang up because they were getting shelled. He was so thin when he got home that his mother hardly recognized him.
He doesn't ever say much about his time in Iraq, and when someone tries to thank him for serving, he replies "I was just doin' my job."
That is why America's veterans should be honored because every soldier does their part and we will never know what all they went through physically and mentally, to defend our country.

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