Today is a day to put aside your political leanings and give a shout out to our troops who commit to protect and serve. When I was young, the military draft was active and many of my friends served in some capacity.
It was the Vietnam era. Most came back, some with issues and some with stories. A few didn’t. Their names are on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D. C.
When I visited the wall I thought it was a “sight-seeing” trip but I was very moved as I saw the flowers and the cards laid along the path. Even so long after the fact, the pain runs deep.
Today the military is all-volunteer. I know two families with kids in the service. Perhaps they are looking for adventure or opportunity. It takes a special person to be able to forego control of your own life and join the military.
This is a video with Gene Simmons from Kiss entertaining the troops. It was filmed in Iraq during a USO tour of a marine base. I marvel at how young the audience is. I can’t watch it without sobs stuck in my throat and watery eyes. Perhaps it’s from my past experiences or I am a patriotic softy. Either way it is what it is.