“Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
When I hear this verse, I think of our veterans, and what they did for us. I appreciate America’s veterans because they set aside everything they held dear: their families, their time, their lives, and their own freedoms for our rights set out in the United States Constitution to have “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” They have fought for people they have not even met! America’s brave veterans have preserved our way of life in America, and have made the entire world more secure.
“What will happen?” “How will my family be effected by this choice?” and above all, “How will I be making a difference?” Are all questions asked by the troops before they enter into the American military. I hope you ask the very same question, “What difference do America’s veterans really make?” To answer that, let’s take a step back… If the U.S. had not engaged in WWII, Hitler would have continued on his march toward global reign, and if not stopped by France and Britain, Hitler could have quite possibly annihilated the Jewish Peoples. Take it back to the beginning: 1775-1783, the American Revolution. What if we did not have a brave army of noble warriors devoted to our freedom? What then? No America. No liberty. No inspiration to the countries that followed in our footsteps such as France and Chile. No American inventions. Electricity, the cotton gin, steam engines, no such existence. How about equality and the abolishing of the slave trade during the Civil War, and later during the Civil Rights Movement? In any other country the “I Have A Dream” speech would have ended quicker than the popping of a balloon. The world would have been hundreds of years behind. Why? Because of the absence of the American military. But our veterans WERE there. And I am ever so grateful.
Our veterans gave up many civil liberties, went through toil and trial, and sacrificed their immediate comfort and satisfaction for our long term benefit. Yes, I appreciate these heroic men and women, America’s veterans, because they are the ultimate friends, willing to lay down their lives for America.