- Posted November 11, 2012 by
San Antonio, Texas
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Veterans in focus
A Veteran's Day Tribute
A Veterans Day tribute to those who have served, are serving, and who will be serving in the future. A thankless job to be sure most of the time, and when the wars are over, or people tire of them, we as a group are easily forgotten until the next time a government needs us when all of their diplomacy has failed or when the next despot decides that his is the only way and everyone else must fall.
This is not a new phenomenon, it has been going on for centuries. From Francis Quarles in 1632 - Our God and soldiers we alike adore ev'n at the brink of danger; not before: After deliverance, both alike requited, Our God's forgotten, and our soldiers slighted
Or later version by Rudyard Kipling - God and soldier, we adore, in time of danger, not before. The danger passed and all things righted, God is forgotten and the soldier slighted.”
More recently in 1919 by LTC John McCrae and the famous "In Flanders Field"
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
There is a very special group of people who will never forget their Soldier, Sailor, Airmen, Marine, or Coastie. It is the wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend, mother, father, or significant other staying behind, you are the real rocks behind us all...God Bless you all. To their children, trust me when I say this, your mother or father would love to be with you on your birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, first day of school, as you go through puberty, first crush, first heartbreak, etc. When they haven't been there, they have been thinking about you...I know from firsthand experience.
Finally, to the families whose loved ones have paid the ultimate price for this country: Please accept my sincere and heartfelt condolences and my respect and honor. My prayer for you is that you are never forgotten by a grateful nation.
Happy Veterans Day to all of my brothers and sisters in uniform, past, present, and future!
To the Marines - Semper Fi
To the Air Force - Air High
To the Navy - Fair winds and following seas
To the Coast Guard - Semper Paratus
Finally to my Army family - HOOAH!
(All pictures taken by the author of this iReport while on the grounds of Ft Sam Houston, TX located in San Antonio, TX.)