“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”. John 15:13 NKJV
Veteran’s Day is set aside to honor our past and present soldiers who fought to preserve Americans’ freedom. Please note, these former soldiers today fight to receive benefits and many call the streets their home, but that is another post.
As the daughter of a proud American soldier who literally joined the Army to escape a life of poverty but found his passion.
Who was shipped to Japan during a time of segregation at home to fight for rights he could not fully embrace.
Who although he made the same sacrifice was separated from Soldiers because of the color of his skin.
Who although he was not created equal and denied the full extent of freedom, fought to preserve the hope of a future equality.
Who still respected every star and stripe and had a relentless belief in democracy.
Who continued his fight as an active member and leader of the UAW.
Who sincerely believed in America first and did not use it as an empty campaign slogan to discretely promote racism among his base. (Sorry, not sorry)
Who in spite of experiencing racism at it’s height, believed, had hope and did not allow the negative circumstances he endured to impact his vision for change.
Who raised a family to fight for what we believe in, to be relentless, and to work hard to obtain our dreams.
To my father and other Veterans, thank you.
May God give you favor for your years of service and your sacrifice.
While retailers entice us (especially me) with promotions and some enjoy a long weekend, let us not lose sight of the true intent of the holiday.
Feel free to recognize your family or friends by posting their name and rank in the comments below.
As always, my only intent is to inspire one person, even if it is me.
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