This article is written by ISDA Contributor Tony Traficante, who served in the U.S. Army for 23 years.
Flags of Honor
They were ordinary Americans sent to do extraordinary things…and they did!
Under the flag of our nation, they went into battle. A Blue Star Flag hanging proudly in windows acknowledged one serving in our armed forces. The Gold Star, on the other hand, screamed out the death of a brave military, returning home in a flag draped casket.
Our military men and women have never failed to respond to the challenges of combat. They did not go in search of glory. They went to defend our homeland and to help maintain world peace and stability. Of course, they feared for their lives, they were human! Courage, however, conquered their fear, reinforcing their resolve even more.
Serving in the military is an unselfish calling. When called, men and women stepped forward, bravely, spilling blood in defense of peace and freedom.
General George S. Patton, Jr., said: “The highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” All Veterans deserve our respect and honor, and their due will come.
We must take care of the wounded and maimed, who shall forever feel the agony of combat; We must remember the families who lost loved ones, for their memories are extremely painful…and, for this, Memorial Day was established.
There is no greater obligation than to pay tribute to the military men and women who died in battle. To forget is to admit that brave men and women sacrificed their lives in vain. If given a choice, they surely would be standing with us this Memorial Day…and not have “Come Home” in flag-draped boxes.
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