We are a nation at war.
Why, then, don’t we hear about it on the evening news every night? This veterans day, as we celebrate the men and women who have served our country, we should also remember the 68,000+ who will be serving in Afghanistan on that very day, and continue to think of them every day until they come home.
The American death toll in Afghanistan continues to climb as more than 2000 men and women have been killed there during the 11 year war. Perhaps it is emotional fatigue that has caused the conflict to fade from public consciousness.
We remember the men and women who serve, every night, in our house. As each of our four sons, ages 14, 12, 8 1/2 and 5, goes to bed each night they go through their list of people to be remembered in their prayers, they finish with “G-d bless the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines.” We pray for the safe return of all the military servicemen and women who put their lives in peril every day so the rest of us can go about our daily lives in peace.
My husband, and father of our boys, is a Naval Officer. I’ve never met a person more devoted to service to our great country. Since we have been together, he has deployed five times, for a total of more than four and a half years. He recently returned from 20 months away from us. We are lucky to have him back home and never lose sight of the thousands of families forever changed by death or severe injury in service to our country, not to mention the more than 200,000 men and women who have returned from deployment with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
While the nation celebrates our veterans with flags and free meals, I call on everyone to remember our service members the day after veterans’ day and every day that follows. Fly the flag to show your support, not just on Sunday and Monday, but every day.
America has just come through one of the most divisive elections on record, I hope that we can now come together as one nation, and remember we are all Americans, red, white and blue, not red or blue.
Americans from both sides used their voices to be heard with their votes, and we have re-elected our President. No matter what your views are, he is America’s president and he serves us all. Continue to make your voices heard- our veterans have fought for that right.
Let’s work for the good of our nation, as a whole, and band together to support our troops and bring them home.