“To stand up for the freedom of others is one of the marks of those who are free, just as to fail to do so is one of the marks of those who are ready to be enslaved.” -Alan Paton
As Alabama approaches another Veterans Day; we should remember the trials and tribulations our Armed Forces undergo to keep us free. These ‘green-faced’ warriors form a wall between society and things you wish to never see. They deserve our eternal thanks for standing in the gap and facing the dark unknown.
Even good men must suffer and sometimes die, but death cannot erase their names. They live on in our hearts and minds. America’s Armed Forces, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice, are the epitomy of what it means to be a hero. If the strength of our nation depends on the character of our military; we are in good shape.
God bless America’s military from the backbone of ages past ; who laid the groundwork, to the standard bearers of the future for their service. Alabamians, past and present, active and reserves, have served in peace and war for the greater good. They should be remembered in our daily thoughts and prayers.
General MacArthur explained it best; ” No one hates war more than the professional soldier.” Freedom is not free. They do what has to be done when the situation requires it. Freedom has been bought daily through their blood, sweat, and tears from Valley Forge to the mountains of Afghanistan.
They have been trained to prepare for the worst and be ready regardless of what comes. Each military branch is an integral part of a greater whole. Each has different missions, duties, and skills, but in war are like the fingers of a hand clenched into a mighty fist, woe to the foe in it’s path.
We owe our lives, freedom, and future to them. Alabama must stand up and speak out in their behalf against those who try to vilify them. The liberal left tries to portray them as mindless killers. Self serving politicians use them as pawns to seek re-election. Far too often these brave men and women are subjected to verbal and physical abuse.
The uniforms they wear are a badge of honor, pride, and integrity. They shouldn’t be made to feel like a pariah for wearing it. They deserve our thanks and admiration, not scorn, hatred, or anger. I challenge my fellow Alabamians to stand up for those on the frontlines.
It takes information and perspiration to achieve victory. Our Armed Forces have both the knowledge, skill, and willingness to perspire to continue the mission. Whether they serve in Combat Arms or in a Support capacity each is a tooth in the gear of the world’s finest fighting force.
Father James Thornton; “Without heroes and heroic sacrifice, there would be no liberty, no law, no order, no justice, no civilization, no great nations or peoples, and no history as we understand the word. Without heroes, such records as might exist among men would be squalid tales of craveness and brutality.”
The real test of courage is to bear defeats without losing heart. Spineless terrorists may strike from the shadows, but will never break the American resolve. Encourage any soldiers, sailors, airmen, or Marines you may know to master their fears and turn them against their enemies.
Encourage them to take strength in the soldiers prayer as found in Psalm 64:1; “Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer; preserve my life from fear of the enemy.” May God grant them all renewed strength. They are the living example of Christ’s admonition that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for another.
They stand at the ready to visit violence upon those that would do us harm. Don’t allow their sacrifice to be in vain. Alabama’s sons have shed their blood on foreign soil. They lived the Alabama State Motto and dared defend our rights against tyranny and tyrants.
This Veterans Day join in the salute to the men and women of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard for keeping the wolves at bay. Tip your hat to the Alabama Army National Guard and Reserve units of all branches. Those at Maxwell Air Force base, Redstone Arsenal, Ft Rucker, etc…… deserve a handshake and thank you.
Alabama has countless heroes to be proud of from Retired USN Rear Admiral and former Alabama Senator Jeremiah Denton, those found at Home of Heroes, and one of East Alabama’s own Spc Caine Longshore of Beulah, Alabama stationed in Afghanistan with C Troop, 4-4 Cav (Scouts Out) These are but a few of many. God bless and keep them all. They have not only answered the call of their country, but went above and beyond.