Thank you, veterans
Without our veterans, our nation would be nothing.
Some of our veterans have seen the atrocities of war. They have gone into strange lands with unfamiliar cultures to defend our nation and seek justice. They watched friends give their lives for the sake of others. They saw more bloodshed than the average human can imagine.
But a veteran is not only someone who saw the battlefield. What about all the men and women who remained stateside? If we had no servicemen and women on American soil, our country would be in jeopardy. They not only remain here to protect our people and land. They also work to protect the lives of their brothers and sisters in arms overseas. They are ever-ready to answer the call of duty. Each day of their lives is devoted to the safety and integrity of this country.
Our veterans have also pulled us through natural disasters. What would Louisiana have done without National Guardsmen during hurricanes Rita and Katrina just eight short years ago? They rescued victims; recovered bodies; cleaned up debris; patrolled darkened communities; provided food and water; and so much more.
Our veterans also take the time to get involved in our communities. They teach our children about love of country and the price of war through school functions and public activities. They reach out to the homeless with clothing and food. They give what they can, most times even more, because they have seen how the horrors of life can destroy a person.
Our veterans have also helped the helpless in the same countries our nation battled against. They stormed concentration camps, gently carrying victims to a safe place. They gave food to poor families in Vietnam even if it meant giving the last of their rations. Even today, our men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan have set up schools and makeshift hospitals to provide those beaten down by their own country with the basic necessities of life. Even if the midst of war, their compassion still runs strong.
But words cannot fully explain what a veteran is. We cannot say “thank you” enough for the blood, sweat and tears our veterans shed for us.
However, we are thankful, and we salute each and every veteran for the prices paid for our freedom.
Tomorrow, Monday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day. Be sure to thank the veterans in your life for what they have done to make our communities, and the world, a better place.
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