A “Veteran” – whether active duty, discharged, retired or reserve – is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including their life.
That is patriotism. Unfortunately, there are many people today, who no longer understand this.
Sunday, November 11, is Veterans Day. This post is meant to honor all Veterans for they are the real heroes of our country. Being an avid reader and history buff I have read many books on the American Revolution, War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and the war against terrorism. Though many of those who fought in those wars have been recognized for their service, their bravery, their sacrifice, and their courage, many have not. There are more men and women than we can possibly count that have sacrificed, and gave so much for the freedoms we enjoy today.
To all the many men and women and their families, whose service and sacrifice to our country has gone unrecognized, I give to you my heartfelt thanks. Thank you for your patriotism, your bravery, your selflessness, and your commitment.
The video below tells the story of Roy P. Benavidez who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Vietnam. Ronald Reagan said this about Roy Benavidez, if the story about Roy Benavidez heroism was a Hollywood movie script, you would not believe it. I encourage you to take the time to watch this video, and like me, you will realize how blessed we are, and will wonder where do we get such men.
You can read the official citation for Medal of Honor recipient Roy Benavidez here.
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