A few thoughts about Veteran's Day....
I let Veteran's Day go by without any comment this week. A few years ago I did a special post about being grateful on Veteran's Day, and just last week I commented on being grateful for the Veterans that allowed us to be able to go to the polls and vote in peace.
I didn't post anything about veterans because I just don't know what else to say. That I walked to work in peace this morning is because of the sacrifice of veterans. That I communicate in English is because of veterans. That I freely get to lead a church, openly, only locking the doors at night to protect the stuff, rather than locking the doors during meetings for protection from an oppressive government, comes from the sacrifice of veterans.
Now, I gladly acknowledge that our rights come from God. Even Jefferson acknowledged that, and he barely believed in God. However, the freedom we have to openly exercise those rights has come from the sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of lives lost in combat, and millions of lives spent in uniformed service.
How does thank you even begin to cover it? For the fathers who never returned, or even for the ones who missed days, weeks, months, and years? For the mothers who missed the things they held dearest so that the rest of us could enjoy those same things?
There just does not seem to be justice in sitting here, comfortable in my bunny slippers, and saying off a quick thank you. However, that's all I've got.
So, though it's a day late, a dollar, and a lifetime debt, short, Thank You.