May 14, 2004
A message to our troops on Armed Forces Day
I’ve watched a lot of TV, read a lot of news reports and editorials, followed stories of individuals and groups who have demonstrated against and issued statements regarding our government and our military. There has been much publicity regarding celebrity pronouncements and political edicts from people who know and people who should know better.
One thing that I’ve learned over the years is that kids usually have a pretty good idea about what is happening in the world. And, they are willing to share their thoughts - we just have to be willing to listen. They often make more sense than some adults. I asked the second through fourth grade kids at a local elementary school what they’d like to say to our troops on Armed Forces Day. Here are some of their responses:
”Thank you for giving people freedom like people in Iraq. I think you are very nice and strong and brave to fight for our country. I hope that one day I could be as strong and brave as you are.” ~ Mandy
”Thank you for keeping our country safe and for giving it all you got.” ~ Spencer
“I hope you are doing well. We all support you back here. I hope that you come back home safely to your family. You are doing something I hope to do when I’m older.” ~ Lindsey
“Thank you so much for fighting for our country. You made a difference in people’s lives.” ~ Ariel
“I’m proud that we are a a country that helps each other.” ~ Megan
“Thank you for fighting for our country. You are fighting for people you don’t even know and that is so cool. You are risking your life for us. So thank you for everything you are doing and have done. “ ~ Rochelle.
“I think that your service to the community is a great thing to be doing. You nsure our safety and help us get things like freedom. Thank you for risking your lives for our country. You are heroes in my eyes. I think you are very kind to do something like that.” ~ Eli
“Dear soldier; Thank you for being there for us and fighting for us, and saving us from them taking over our land and not letting them take over us. Thank you for being there for us.” ~ Brittney
”Thank you for making our state safe and free. I also want to thank you for taking care of our country and keeping us safe and free. I hope you live as long as you can. This part is to the Captain: Sir, it is an honor to have you read my letter. P.S. Sir, yes sir!” ~ Kevin
”Thank you for fighting for our country and leaving your homes just to fight for our country. I really appreciate what you’ve done for our country to save it. You are my big hero. God Bless America. Love Lizzy”
These kids get it. They are unabashedly patriotic and not concerned with political posturing. And, to them, our troops are the real heroes.
Thanks to all who serve, protect, and defend. I agree with the kids - you are all heroes to me.
Posted by Deb at May 14, 2004 10:17 PM
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Tracked on May 15, 2004 07:19 AM
"From the mouths of babes . . ."
Here, here! I too have the faith of a child in your abilities to protect our rights and country.
God Bless you All!!!!
Posted by: MVH at May 15, 2004 12:06 AM
MVH is seconded. God Bless.
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