Memorial Day, 2012

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
May 282012

It’s not about cookouts, or car races, or getting out of town for a three day weekend. It’s about much, much more.

It’s about this. American heroes who made the supreme sacrifice for their country. Young men and women who left their homes and families and never came back.

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It’s about this. It’s about honoring those heroes. About remembering that we can sleep comfortably in our beds tonight, because they sleep here forever.

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It’s about remembering those who served. It’s about taking the time to thank a veteran. Because without him or her, there might not be us.

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They didn’t go because they wanted to. They went because they had to. Not because their number came up with some draft board. They went because that’s what Americans do. Their country needed them. Their country called. And they answered the call.

I’m heartened to see that while our country may be divided on a lot of issues these days, one thing that most of us agree on is that we appreciate our servicemen and women. It hasn’t always been that way.

To all of my brothers and sisters who wore the uniform, and to those who are still serving, thank you from the very bottom of my heart. Welcome home.

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  14 Responses to “Memorial Day, 2012”

  1. Nicely said.

  2. As parents of an active duty Soldier who is currently on his second deployment to the Middle East, thank you! And thank you for your service to this country, Nick, during a time when our military wasn’t treated kindly. Thank God that has changed!

  3. A fine tribute. Thank you. And thanks to all who have served, including their families.

  4. You are right, Nick…being called when my hubby was, back in 1970, was not what anybody wanted, but one did what was asked of them. And it was a somewhat scary time too, because of the lack of support in this country. He gave 6 of the best years of his life and it took its toll. Though for him and us it was easier as he was on a sub and tho’ gone for long periods of time, at least he was fairly safe. He rarely got even 6 hours out of 24 to sleep when on board however and so by the time he got out, he was pretty exhausted. I do not know how guys do that for a career!! We decided to do all to educate our son, so if he was called up, at least he could be an officer. We are not sorry we did so, even though that means we do not own much today as we enter retirement. (We also helped our girls with college expenses). Our son is now past the age of being drafted, should that occur again. But after what all we lived through, we are still glad we did that.

    What you wrote up here is very nice. Thank you.

  5. Very moving, Nick. And especially meaningful because it was written by someone who served. Thank you.

  6. I wonder how many here know your story Nick. I know its not something you talk about much but thank you for all that you did and for all that you suffered and welcome home

  7. Good blog post, Nick. We all need to be reminded how much we owe to our veterans.

  8. Thank you to all of our veterans living and dead

  9. My grandpa died when his bomber crashed over Germany in WW II. My hubby and 3 brothers served in Viet Nam and our 2 sons have been in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thank you to all of them.

  10. Welcome home brother from one vet to another.

  11. Beautifully written Nick.. I thank you and all my fellow vets for honoring our great nation by proudly wearing her uniforms.

    We’re flying the flag at half staff till noon in Tok, Alaska.


  12. Nick, from one Viet Nam veteran to another, thank you very much for your sevice and …………….Welcome Home Brother !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. What a great post Nick. Every American
    is in debt to the soldiers that have paid for our freedom with their lives. Our thanks goes to the military past and present that have served or are serving our country. They may not agree with the President or the war but they serve because they believe in the USA. Without a strong military force our country may not always be free.

  14. Thanks Nick and all Veterans. Nicely wrote and right to the point.

    Have a great day young man.

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