Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Belated but never forgotten

This past Sunday, as most of you are aware, it was Veterans' Day. I did not do a specific post for this day, and was glad I waited. That night I watched Fox News' Company of Heroes. It was a moving account of the first battle in Fallujah by the U.S. Marines of the India Company of the Third Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. They were so dedicated! Their families were so brave! What they discovered in Fallujah would soften the most hardened anti-war protester--torture chambers, massive hoards of terrorist weaponry, and civilians killed because they were not fighting Americans. The images were hard to watch, frankly, and it is a wonder that any of our soldiers survived. The movie was an inside look into the preparation, execution, and recovery of a battle by an embedded news reporter. We also got to see the homefront--and what some of these brave families endured. Some of them gave the ultimate sacrifice of a son, a husband, a father. It was heartrending.


I know the war is controversial, and I know there are many questions that are unanswered. I also know that there are tremendous acts of bravery--courage beyond what is considered the measure of men. Men like Sgt. 1st Class Paul R. Smith who alone, covered the withdrawal of his men from a suddenly vulnerable position, and gave his life in the process. And men like Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham who threw himself on top of a grenade to protect his patrol--he gave his life for his men. These two men will be receiving the Medal of Honor posthumously. It is these kinds of men and their bravery and sacrifice that we honor on Veterans' Day--that I honor today.


There are so many that have sacrificed, who continue to do so, and will continue, until there is an ending to the madness of terrorism. My heart physically hurts for those who have lost loved ones, but I will forever be grateful. Those who gave their lives will forever have my thanks. May God be with their families and may He be with those still in harm's way.


Thank you, Veterans!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for your wonderful tribute to the fighting men and veterans of this fine country. My USMC brother is currently serving in Iraq...Al Asahd airbase. So many are unfamiliar with what soldiers know and see. This is a passionate issue for me, Kate!

Hey, you are the *Kate* that knows Diane in No. Cal., right? I just wanted to check.

It is always nice to read your posts on TWTM boards :o).



UndertheSky said...

Yes, same Kate! Di is a dear and precious friend.

I really appreciate your brother's service. Thank him for us!

Don't you blog? I remember going to your blog and now cannot find the address. Please share it!