Thank you, veterans!
Today we celebrate those military veterans who have served are are serving our great country. Whether you were in a war or served during peacetime, whether you were in battle or in the mess hall, whether you were in for 1 year or 30 years, you have helped make our military the best in the world. Each one of you is important; if you don't do your job the best you can it affects everybody. I don't care whether you're a General leading a large battalion, or a Seaman Recruit swabbing the deck--if you go about your job with excellence it will benefit those around you and, ultimately, our country.
I served 4 years in the Navy on the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) during peace time. It was towards the end of the Cold War, so tensions were still fairly high, but of course not like our military is facing today in places like Iraq. Still, I'm honored to have added my small contribution.
Finally, a special thanks to those who are continuing to put their lives on the line. Where would we be without such brave souls? You are going after a ruthless and evil enemy, whose continued presence and expansion would one day lead to our destruction. But you are taking them down, slowly but surely. Even more, you are helping to rebuild hope in a nation torn by fear for decades. It is because of you that people can actually vote for the candidate they want, and not be forced to vote for Saddam. It is because of you that smiles are coming back to men, women, and children in that country. People who don't follow the gloom and doom attitude of many news agencies know that you are making progress in Iraq, that those soldiers who are acting shamefully are few and far between. So please don't lose heart. Just keep doing the right thing, and you will be vindicated.
A prayer: Dear Lord, please bless these men and women in all branches and facets of the military, who have served us past and present. Grant them and their loved ones the peace of mind that they are doing a good thing. Show them wisdom, and shower them with your gracious love. We are honored to have such wonderful people; may we honor them by making this the best country we can. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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