Today I had about an hour and a half in between clients…I was near Riverside National Cemetery where my grandfather is buried. I haven’t been in a few years and was overcome the moment I arrived. There were flags lined up over each soldier’s resting spot on this one particular row. I got pretty emotional viewing the dates on some of the headstones. One of them is depicted below…a nineteen year old soldier who died in honor of our country. It just reminds me of the great price being paid for our continued freedom.
One American Soldier stated the following three statements in his hometown
newspapers and to his friends before leaving for his 3rd tour to Iraq last week –
“There’s no reason not to join the National Guard, even though there’s a war going on.”
“You see all of these dead soldiers, sailors and airmen. It’s a war. After five years of war,
4,000 (dead Americans) is not that many . . . If you don’t understand the sacrifice,
then you have no business wearing the uniform.”
“You shouldn’t be talked into this — it should be something you want to do,” he said.
“This war hasn’t touched us since 2001, and we forget easily. Any day I can be in the desert
fighting keeps my son out of there.“
That last line says it all. The sacrifices being made and already made by so many
countless others throughout the years is priceless.