A message for our troops.
I think it often slips our minds. I think we all forget far more than we remember that every day of the year the United States Armed Forces are placing themselves in harms way. I think we forget that that fact is not political it is simply a fact. I think we forget that even in times of relative peace, we are enjoying that peace because someone gave their life to help make it possible.
Often at this time of year we see images of our troops abroad sending messages to loved ones back home. These are messages of love and hope. Hope that families will be reunited soon and that God will see the person on the other end through another day safely. We take for granted the fact that many families are unable to have such virtual conversations because the soldier who should be wishing for home has laid down his or her life in the ultimate sacrifice of millions of Americans who will never even know.
Throughout the days, months and years politicians, organizations and individuals use our Armed Forces as a bargaining chip or as an idealogical standard. The fact of the matter is, it doesn\’t matter which side of the spectrum you come from, our troops protect all of us. If someone doesn\’t believe in having a military at all, that person\’s right to stand up and yell that is protected daily by the same troops that are the focus of their ire. If a soldier is homosexual or heterosexual, whether you agree with it or not, they still bleed and they still die. Whether you like it or not our troops are , in fact, sacrificing their lives for us all.
During this season of love, joy, peace and fellowship, we should all strive to keep in mind that thousands of families won\’t be together because someone is standing vigil over our freedoms and the freedoms of others. Someone is taking up arms and willingly standing in front of a faceless enemy that wants nothing more than to wreak havoc on peace. Mothers and fathers, sisters and brother, friends and spouses, every one of the members of our armed forces knows what could lay in store for them, yet still they protect and defend us all.
It is with gratitude and profound humility in my heart that I say to the members past and present of the United States Army, United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, United States Air Force, United States Coast Guard and all those in the United States National Guard and Reserves; thank you. Not just this season, but in all seasons, on all days. Thank you, merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah and happy new year.