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You know what we, as a society, take for granted?
Veterans Day was over the weekend and honestly, it was like society just didn’t show up.
I saw practically zero social media posts, no specials on TV. And if it weren’t for the obnoxious furniture store Veterans Day sale commercials on my music streaming service, the day would have come and gone without so much as a blink.
I’m sorry, have we forgotten that these men and women literally put their lives on the line to protect out freedom? Have we conveniently forgotten?
Where’s the gratitude, people?!
We’re taking it for granted. The generation that is coming up has never had to live through an active, draft-the-young-boys war. Seventy years ago during WWII, 18-21 year olds were storming the beaches of Normandy facing an almost certain death. Where as, today, we have to offer “safe spaces” on college campuses to that same age group. What happened?
And sure, we’re fighting the War on Terror, but nowadays, it feels like if you even acknowledge that cause, you’re some intolerant, backwards thinking, backwoods bigot. Or even worse, a *gasp* republican.
There is a cost for our freedom.
Brave men and women have sacrificed their lives, literally, so that we have the freedom to live and go to school, safely live in our communities, Snapchat our opinions, and exercise our right to vote.
These are luxuries that, sadly, not everyone has, and we’re just oblivious to the fact that these blessings are not entitlements. Veterans fought for that freedom. And many died for it.
I remember back, after 9/11, there was so much respect for our military.
I remember in Ohio, near my hometown, there was a solider who was captured and killed in Baghdad in 2004. It was all over the world news. And people came out in droves to support his family and our military. There were bumper stickers. Flags flown from car windows supporting our POWs. We wore rubber wrist bands, a la Livestrong. The state of Ohio named a highway after him. People cared. People recognized and appreciated the incredibly selfless sacrifice that our servicemen and women make to protect our freedom.
And we have forgotten. And not only have we forgotten, but it seems as though we almost look at the military, and those who associate with it, as political deviants who are Trump supporters and are a joke.
Who do we think we are?
We should be kissing the ground they walk on.
These men and women are the backbone of our country. They’re not out there making little snarky political rants on Facebook, or jabbing at our elected officials, or complaining about the current state of Washington, or joking about moving to another nation to escape this insufferable existence we have in our country.
Because they’ve literally left their families for months at a time to serve this country and protect you and I from any and all threats.
And I, for one, am damn grateful.
Veterans Day was a poor display of gratitude, people. It was pithy at best.
It’s time we stop and give those brave men and women the standing ovation they deserve. Put aside your feelings about Trump, or guns, or our involvement in the War on Terror, or even your political affiliation, and show some freaking appreciation.
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