Thursday, November 5, 2009

True Patriots

My neice is being deployed to Afghanistan.

She is now at a two week combat training camp while her sweet husband, who is also in the Air Force, takes care of their two young daughters. My neice will have a month home with her family and then be half way around the world for six months.

They seem to be taking it in stride. I suppose that's part of being a military person: accepting orders, never flinching from duty, and being strong even when the call means great personal sacrifice. I honor my niece and nephew, and all in the military. They are true patriots. I stand humbled and amazed by their commitment and bravery.

I'm trying to be brave, but I find myself weeping every time I see an American flag, or catch a glimpse of anything on television that shows service men and women in combat gear.

I also get angry when I see political leaders who are attempting to change the very base of this wonderful country. Oh, indeed, the United States of America isn't perfect, but we are great. Our Constitution has stood the test of time and made us a country of heart and substance. I'd love one of those unethical politicians, who doesn't think this country is great, to look my niece in the eyes and see what she thinks about America. I do believe they'd get a very honest and straightforward answer.

My niece will be laying much on the alter of freedom. I wonder if the said politician would willing do the same?


Jennie said...

It's not easy having a loved one deployed. There are a lot of men and women like your niece, my son-in-law, and Kerry's son who are paying a terrible price for freedom, something some political leaders can't even begin to comprehend.

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Jeri Gilchrist said...

Gale, I don't think there are words to express appreciation and gratitude for the sacrifices made by the men and women of the armed forces. They and their families have indeed paid a terrible price for our freedom.

Michele Ashman Bell said...

I can't add anything to what has been already posted, but I will say a prayer for her safety and a prayer for gratitude to have freedom. Thank you sharing this with us and reminding us of the sacrifice people make for this great blessing.