My father is retired military. My husband is a disabled veteran. The eldest of my younger brothers is Army and National Guard reserve while he attends a military university. He will be completing ranger training later this year. My 16yr old brother plans on enlisting. The military has always been part of my life. I have a profound respect for those who have served, and their families. Veterans deserve our utmost respect. We do not do enough for them. I’ll close with some quotes.
“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”
-John Stewart Mill
“They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” –Benjamin Franklin
“God grants liberty only to those who love it and are always ready to defend it.”
“Anyone who holds to the historically untrue, and thoroughly immoral doctrine that violence never settles anything…I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke Of Wellington, and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler would referee…Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history than any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Peoples that forgot this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and their freedom.”