- Published on Friday, 12 November 2010 04:41
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Should we be involved in the hostilities in Iraq and Afghanistan? Should America's military women be actively engaged in combat and serving on the front lines?
More questions... How much should America spend now and in the future in supporting these two Middle East countries? Should domestic spending on social programs be drastically reduced to pay for rebuilding Iraq and Afghanistan?
Regrettably, these questions continue to polarize Americans all across the country. As we observe Veterans Day on Nov. 11, we must not focus entirely on these politically-charged questions without remembering in awe that America's finest, our fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, relatives, friends, co-workers and classmates are unashamedly making tremendous sacrifices in the name of duty, honor, country.
These dedicated patriots do not politicize their role as protectors in adherence to duty, honor, country. Many are making the ultimate sacrifice by laying down their lives in “paying it forward” for all Americans. Regardless of whomever is president, most recently, Bush and Obama, the code of these patriotic Americans remains duty, honor, country.
This beautiful code is not predicated on any particular ethnic or racial heritage, socioeconomic status, political ideology or religious persuasion. Rather, this code, or creed, is an “all inclusive” time-honored American tradition that has guided our brave military men and women as they courageously shed their precious blood on the hallowed battlefields in the wars fought throughout our history. The tradition of service in the name of duty, honor, country is alive and well today.
No matter how each of us personally feels about the political implications surrounding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we need to embrace, without the slightest hint of condemnation, our military personnel who are making a gargantuan commitment in keeping our country free and safe. It is quite simply the right thing to do.
DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY! What more can we ask of our military men and women? On Veterans Day this year, we should offer each and every one of these patriots a sincere thank you for being our champions, our heroes, our protectors as well as the personification of everything that is good about these United States.
Fellow Americans, I want you to know it is okay to shed a tear or two this Veterans Day when you hear our national anthem being played or sung or when you hear someone bellowing out "God Bless America" in song. Our veterans and those military men and women currently serving in uniform have earned the right for us to show our love, respect and gratitude to them for ensuring we continue to live in the greatest country on earth.
You might also want to take the time to shed a few tears for the men and women who have died over the years in keeping us free in obeying their sacred creed of duty, honor, country. Amen and God bless America!
Proud to be an American,
Robert W. Wilford
Alachua City Commissioner
U.S. Navy (Retired)