Show Your Appreciation For The Armed Forces
This past Wednesday in lecture, Professor LaVaque-Manty asked us, “On what principle should you support a policy or a candidate in a Democracy” In an overwhelming fashion, the class responded, “It is good for the community/state/country.” Immediately Professor LaVaque-Manty questioned our sincerity, and for good reason.
Although we may think of ourselves as selfless individuals, acting with the interest of the whole in mind, we are in fact quite the opposite. This is not to say that self-interest is a bad thing. Surely we cannot help others if we do not take care of ourselves first. It is to say, however, that we ought to focus more on the group than each individual part. If you every pick up a coin or dollar bill and read it, you will see the Latin phrase E Pluribus Unum. Translated into English, it means Out of Many, One. This motto is fitting for what the United States represents. Although we think, act, and look differently, all Americans are striving to defend the ole’ Red, White, and Blue; and no group exemplifies this better than the United States Armed Forces.
In the United States there are currently 1.5 million active members in the Armed Forces. This includes: the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the Coast Guard, and the Air Force. This is 1.5 million stories of service and sacrifice. People, who answered the call to duty when there country needed them the most. Each day they fight tirelessly to protect our freedoms here in America, while risking their lives overseas. Without a doubt, the United States Armed Forces personifies the meaning of the word courage. They have given their sweat, blood, and tears to make sure we live better lives, and for that I am eternally grateful.
So, with next Thursday, November 11, being Veteran’s day, take some time out of your day to give thanks to those in uniform, both past and present. Let our service men and women know that you care, and that you are praying for their safety. With so many issues that divide us as a country today, let us all take time to come together for a common cause. Whether you are a Republican, Democrat, or somewhere in between, we can all show thanks for the tremendous work done by our veterans, and the current work being done by our current service men and women. Our thanks may not be the greatest gift of all, but its the thought and thankfulness that counts.