As Americans, how do we truly show our appreciation, gratitude and thanks to members of our armed services? They are on duty twenty-four hours a day, three hundred and sixty-five days a year. The work they do is often hand tied by the (shiny pants) in Washington D.C. who put all manner of restrictions upon them, while expecting the best results, which in my mind would be Victory, but frequently that word is not considered politically correct.
While it is true that some Americans pay tribute to our Military on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July or Veterans Day, too often these dates are considered part of a three-day weekend. How much recognition do we give to the fact that, without the sacrifice of those who served and continue to serve, Americans would not be able to celebrate Freedom and enjoy the benefits of a three-day weekend?
In a recent conversation, with a friend who is a Retired Marine, our discussion centered on military benefits, during the discussion I became aware that military personnel after serving twenty years in the service receive only 50% of their pay. It is true they will have veteran’s medical benefits, and privileges at the base shopping, and a few other odds and ends, but this is what we provide to them after they have risked their lives to protect our freedom.
In many instances, they have endured horrendous conditions, along with separation from their families, let us not forget they will never be able to recapture those familial times. Many will return home unable to find work, others will be alive, but disabled, while others have and will continue to make the ultimate sacrifice.
On the other hand, in Washington D.C. we have our illustrious politicians, who live in relative safety (protected by those men and women who serve) these politicians are the ones who pass laws that they may or may not have read. Many laws they pass pertain to our Military, and in my opinion these laws often obstruct military efforts that otherwise would have resulted in immediate and decisive Victories on the battlefield. These politicians, in turn, have all manner of benefits from limousines to tax paid junkets, and so many other benefits too numerous to mention, a material lifestyle that is enviable to most, yet they can retire after four (4) years with a pension that is equal to full pay.
There are rumblings among Americans from all walks of this Great Nation that we should have a 28th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, it should read similar to the following.
Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution: “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to United States Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to United States Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the citizens of the United States.”
Memorial Day is almost here, what a wonderful tribute to our Military if we could at least get an amendment, similar to the one stated in this article, on the floor of the House of Representatives. By calling our Representatives, we could get the ball rolling, or at least let them be aware that we find this behaviour inexcusable.
As I have said before. To the generations that have already given, to those who even today continue to give and put their lives on the line, make no mistake, future generations will never be able to repay you. You are missed, you are to be treasured, and honored not just one day of the year but every day.
Reference to the 28th amendment was taken in part from “HELLO EVANSVILLE & TRI-STATE,”
Jacquie Hurlbut is a writer who wishes to bring attention to the responsibility of citizenship that we all hold dear. American’s lead busy lives; often, we inadvertently forget our duties to this great Nation. “Freedom has to be nurtured on a continuous basis”. Please visit in order to read other articles.
The ceremony of laying wreaths on graves has been in practice since the early ages of human history. Wreath laying is particularly common at military services. Both a sign of respect and an integral part of military decorum, wreath laying is a sacred practice. During Christmas time, honoring and remembering our American heroes becomes even more important.
It is during this holiday season that families miss their lost loved ones the most. It is also a time when we can clearly see our freedom in action. The ability to travel freely, to visit family, to worship and attend religious services, to attend events no matter our gender or the color of our skin, the Christmas season reminds us of how far we’ve come thanks, in large part, to the efforts of our military. What better time to say “thank you” to our armed forces than Christmas time? Christmas Wreaths offer a few simple ways you can do just that.
When purchasing your Christmas Wreath, consider the source. There are many wreath vendors who donate a portion of their profits to military support charities. Sometimes this donation is made from overall profits, but often it is from the sales of a particular wreath style. In fact, some vendors even design a specific wreath for military remembrance. Call your local wreath provider or go online to find out how you can contribute to their involvements.
Laying a wreath in remembrance is a very humbling and beautiful experience. I would encourage you to purchase a wreath, not just for your home, but to lay on a military grave to commemorate their live and service. Perhaps you have a family member, friend, or loved one who you honor each holiday.
If so, bring your family into the process and take time to remember together. If you don’t personally know of someone you can honor, check with your local VA, Troop Greeters, or other military group. They may know of an event you can join in on to place your wreath and show your respect and gratitude.
If there aren’t many military groups or resources around you, try honoring military sacrifices with your decorative touches. You can show your appreciation through simple decorations. Try using red, white, and blue accents or ribbon. Yellow ribbons or miniature American flags also looks great. You can even honor a certain branch of the armed forces by using their emblem or motto in felt.
There you have it. Show your gratitude this Christmas season. Show some gratitude for the lives of those that have helped secure your freedom. It’s certain to give you perspective and help you appreciate your own blessings that much more.
From the very beginning when the United States of America became sovereign, people from all over the world have taken the journey to come to this great land. People have risked their lives to journey to our country. They come to start a new life, a new beginning for themselves and their families.
This was true then and it is still true now. What makes our country different from the rest of the world is that people migrate here to live in freedom and liberty, and for the opportunity to make a better life for themselves and their families.
Whenever it was that your family came to America, whether on the Mayflower or just recently it has never been easy to start a new life here. This great land offers opportunities to everyone, no matter of your race,color,or creed. At times it can be more difficult to achieve ones goals because of the color of their skin or because of where their families originated from.
Prejudices comes in all sizes and colors, perhaps it is not right but it is a fact of life. We all in one way or another have experienced this sort of negative treatment but we all still have equal opportunities in this country. Still the fact is anyone can achieve their goals, no matter the circumstances, in a free society.
The cost of freedom isn’t cheap. It comes with strings attached such as tolerance for those who are different. It means understanding and respect for those who may live a different lifestyle or practice a different religion. True freedom is a live and let live philosophy, a freedom to choose ones own destiny. Our forefathers fought hard and sacrificed much to attain these rights and as Americans we stay vigilant in protecting our rights as citizens of this country.
Today the call to freedom is spreading around the world. The need for liberty and a better life is being sought by those who are willing to make the supreme sacrifice, putting their lives in harms way to achieve life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If America is called upon to help these freedom fighters in their quest it is our duty to assist them in any way we can to aid them in their struggle. It is our duty, our responsibility as the leader of the free world to assist all people who struggle for their God given rights.
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