The Military Parade


The President has announced a military parade. At this point, it would seem that the parade will be held on Veteran’s Day. It is a rare occurrence for those of us in the United States. We seem to have lost respect for those that serve and those that have served. Anyone that has is usually proud of their service, and whether they be Army, Navy, Airforce, or Marines, they consider themselves that for life. They took an oath to defend the constitution against all enemies whether foreign or domestic. They risked their lives so others wouldn’t have to do so. A parade to honor those that are serving and those that gave the ultimate sacrifice seems only fitting when less than one percent of the population serves as fighting men and women.

We have an all-volunteer force of men and women dedicated to doing their duty. They put their lives on the line to defend our great homeland. We should set aside a day to showcase and honor their talents. It takes honor and courage to go away from home and face an enemy that has no remorse and no reluctance to kill without mercy. We sometimes forget the sacrifices that these men and women make to keep the rest of us safe. Most live their lives never having what its like to be away from family and friends and not know if you will ever see them again. So we veterans and soldiers put a lot of stock into ideas such as loyalty and honor among men. We realize the great harm that can rise from apathy.

So those that have been on the ground in tense situations process everyday life a bit differently than the average citizen. We always place the mission first even after our service to our country. We care about those that have served, and we sometimes wonder why it is that so many don’t sign up to protect this land we love. Nonetheless, we love our fellow citizens, or we wouldn’t have signed a contract dedicating our lives to protecting them and the laws of this great land. I congratulate the President for stepping up and choosing a day to honor our military properly. We don’t seek fame or fortune but only a modicum of respect for our service.  Thank you for taking time to read my article tonight! As a veteran I want our returning servicemen and women to come home to a country that loves and respects them for their service.  Many regard it as something that happened over there and choose not to think about it. It doesn’t mean they don’t care it just means they have no conception of the things we went through.

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Author: James Borden

I'm a veteran of the U.S Army, with one deployment to Afghanistan. I will not pull punches in my articles and what you see is what you get.

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