November 14, 2012

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to sleep in a tent and wake up to wonder if you are going to live or die? I know that veterans have. Without them, we would have no freedoms, no rights and no peace.

There are more than twenty-two million veterans. Many have died for their country. They all left their families. Their children sometimes deal with the stress in a physical way. All of those families were probably sad when the veterans left. They were all affected. Sometimes the veterans come back home and are not the same person. They could never go to bed at night without thinking about the men they lost-that got killed. It is not only men who fight. Women are veterans too. Some children’s parents have both left to fight for us. They not only missed them, the children have worried about them and questioned if they would come back.

I honor all veterans. They all got out there and fought for our country. They gave us peace, freedom and rights. If you ever looked at the flag pole during any war, our red, white and blue striped flag was still up and waving in the wind. We not only honor the veterans who are still alive, we also salute the veterans who have died. Without veterans, I do not think I would even be able to wake up in the morning and see the flag flying. I may not even be able to go to school and say the “Pledge of Allegiance.”

So, honor the veterans! I salute the veterans, and respect all of them. You should too!