“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave”, — Elmer Davis
Imagine if the Founding Fathers of the United States of America hadn’t taken up arms against the crown. These men were sacrificing everything they have worked for all their lives in support of independence. They were regarded as heroes and were viewed as a symbol of hope. Today’s veterans are not that different, as they too are sacrificing everything to keep the spirit of those Founding Fathers alive for generations to come. These sacrifices are what makes a veteran a veteran.
What is a Veteran for me?
A veteran, to me, is someone who selflessly volunteers to protect our country. They come from all walks of life to answer the call of duty. They all join for different reasons or motivations, but all wear the uniform with pride. They charge into every battle, knowing it may be their last, yet do not hesitate to do so. They vow to serve our country in times of need, so that we can continue to live our ordinary lives. It does not matter their race, ethnicity or religion, for once they enlist in the military, they all share the same goal – to protect our country.
And for that goal, they sacrifice countless things. They live a life of discipline, so that we can live one of play. They go through torture so we can get up every day. Some may lose an arm or a leg, so we are able to keep ours. They give up their dreams, so we can chase ours. They take the lives of others, so that we don’t have to go through the shock of doing so. And the ultimate sacrifice, many have died in the line of duty, just so that we can live to see another day.
What these soldiers experience is nothing, but serious. The injuries they obtain, the trauma they go through, and the deaths of their brothers in arms are constant reminders of what they sacrifice. But they do it all for this country. They believe that this country is worth fighting for, and that it is a duty as an American citizen to do so. They pledge to protect the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, whether it be an outside force, or a terrorist next door.
And so, we salute you. We salute the men and women who are fighting on the battlefield right now to ensure our safety. We salute the men and women who have gotten an injury, and those who have stepped in when no one else would. We salute the courageous soldiers who have lived and died on the battlefield or given up their lives to save another. So, be grateful for the many luxuries that we have thanks to the struggle and sacrifices that these brave souls have made. These patriots are the foundation of our lives and will be here time and time again to uphold our country’s liberty, freedom, and justice.