I was raised when the World was at War. Every family was touched by the war. Several of you reading this were there. Banners hanging in windows with stars signifying how many family members were away in war. Mama had two stars, my brothers Odis and Junior.
They were my heroes. My sister carried this photo in her purse until she died:
My brothers WWII
We were little at the time and somehow actuallythought the picture was real.
I found this picture of me in mama’s purse after she died:
I was deployed to the Mediterranean as a Marine at the time.
All of mama’s boys were veterans. Jr. was the only one who saw combat and that was constant in the South Pacific.
Our Nation was ‘on its knees’ (praying), somehow I think that the war was won due to mothers prayers.
There have been many wars, but WWI and WWII were the two wars that had we LOST we would have LOST OUR FREEDOM.
As an ignorant man in world affairs I am not sure if we had reason to fear for loss of FREEDOM in the other wars and conflicts. Some of the conflicts, in my personal opinion, could have been avoided and Military lives spared. BUT I cannot think world size problems.
All that said, the military person goes where ordered. The Righteousness of the conflict is not his to decide. They follow orders, they swore to serve at the pleasure of Congress and the President. I always think of a line from the Charge of the Light Brigade:
Thanks to ALL Veterans of all wars and conflicts, we do appreciate your sacrifice.
I thought this was appropriate so I borrowed it from the Packardman's blog: