Ya know…Neil is a retired naval officer and drove submarines…but all of his shipboard service was during the Cold War and although he was kinda/sorta in harms way…nobody was shooting at him and his shipboard service was all in peacetime. Gulf War 1 (Desert Storm) happened while he was at Naval Sea Systems Command buying Mk 48 ADCAP submarine heavyweight torpedoes but essentially he served in peacetime.
He holds all veterans in high regard…but specifically those that gave their lives for the country or came home maimed in either body or mind…it takes a special kind of person to run into bullets.
Monday is Memorial Day…a day dedicated to all veterans but especially to those who died in service to this country. It’s not a day for car sales, it’s not a day for fireworks, it’s not a day for the Blue Light Special down at K-Mart. It’s a day to honor those brave men and women.
We saw it on a t-shirt a bar-back was wearing a few weeks back…”America. Home of the free…because of the brave.”
Let’s keep it that way. Hero’s don’t wear capes…they wear dog-tags.
Sorry…no funny stuff today…this is serious stuff the sacrifices of the brave men and women who went before us are what we all should be thinking about this weekend. Here are a few links you might like to take a look at along that line.
American Hero, Texas Son. Raul Perez “Roy” Benavides was a brave son of a gun…jumped onto a helicopter he wasn’t supposed to be a crewman on and flew into a hot landing zone in Vietnam to save his fellow soldiers.
All of you…think about the fallen…and thank whatever God or gods you worship for the freedom they won for you. If you know any veterans or currently serving members…buy them a beer or pay for their meal. Going back to the Revolutionary War in 1775…over 660,000 have given their lives and almost 3 million have been wounded…and the number of gravely maimed coming home has seriously increased since the Vietnam War due to advances in battlefield medicine. And pray for those who sacrificed so that the rest of us might be free. The political left deplores the military and everything it stands for…and lives for their constitutionally guaranteed right to protest. They just forget to give a damn about the fact the freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom of speech for those that agree with you and they certainly don’t give a damn about the folks that ensured their right to protest exists.
Veterans and currently serving members alike…we all owe our way of life to you.