Respect Our Troops  

HawksBabyGirl 49F
733 posts
5/20/2006 12:37 pm

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5/21/2006 3:19 pm

Respect Our Troops


Something I found and would like to share with everyone please let's remeber our troops...

The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not yet dry behind the ears, not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country. He never really cared much for work and he would rather wax his own car than wash his father's; but he has never collected unemployment either.

He's a recent High School graduate; he was probably an average student, pursued some form of sport activities, drives a ten year old jalopy, and has a steady girlfriend that either broke up with him when he left, or swears to be waiting when he returns from half a world away. He listens to rock and roll or hip-hop or or jazz or swing and 155mm howitzer. He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He can recite to you the nomenclature of a machine gun or grenade launcher and use either one effectively if he must. He digs foxholes and latrines and can apply first aid like a professional. He can march until he is told to stop or stop until he is told to march.

He obeys orders instantly and without hesitation, but he is not without spirit or individual dignity. He is self-sufficient. He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry. He sometimes forgets to brush his teeth, but never to clean his rifle. He can cook his own meals, mend his own clothes, and fix his own hurts. If you're thirsty, he'll share his water with you; if you are hungry, his food. He'll even split his ammunition with you in the midst of battle when you run low. He has learned to use his hands like weapons and weapons like they were his hands. He can save your life - or take it, because that is his job. He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay and still find ironic humor in it all. He has seen more suffering and death then he should have in his short lifetime.

He has stood atop mountains of dead bodies, and helped to create them. He has wept in public and in private, for friends who have fallen in combat and is unashamed. He feels every note of the National Anthem vibrate through his body while at rigid attention, while tempering the burning desire to 'square-away' those around him who haven't bothered to stand, remove their hat, or even stop talking. In an odd twist, day in and day out, far from home, he defends their right to be disrespectful. Just as did his Father, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather, he is paying the price for our freedom. Beardless or not, he is not a boy. He is the American Fighting Man that has kept this country free for over 200 years.

He has asked nothing in return, except our friendship and understanding. Remember him, always, for he has earned our respect and admiration with his blood. And now we even have women over there in danger, doing their part in this tradition of going to War when our nation calls us to do so. As you go to bed tonight, remember this shot.. A short lull, a little shadeand a picture of loved ones in their helmets.


Please keep this prayer wheel going:

Prayer Wheel:

"Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands. Protect them as they protect us. Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen."

spacecadet561 61M

5/20/2006 2:07 pm

I thank God that we have such men and women, to go into harm's way for us. I also pray that there will come a day when they don't have to go into harm's way anymore.

SpaceCadetรน


Nightguy_1961 56M
4866 posts
5/20/2006 2:09 pm

As we used to say in the Navy when we agreed with someone...

F*ckin' A-ditty bag!!!

NG61


rm_Twister2bed 48M
617 posts
5/20/2006 3:40 pm

I'll say Amen to that. I know more than a few of them in harms way right now.


nighthawk_6969 61M

5/20/2006 4:19 pm

babygirl as you know my sons a royal engineer in british army
he has fought along side your boys and we should be proud of our sons from both nations may god protect them all

hawk


elysianpleasure 49M

5/20/2006 11:40 pm

Wonderful post....


rm_JoeG6831 48M
1 post
5/21/2006 12:41 am

Thank you. Too often our soldiers are forgotten about by the general public. My brother and I both served. He in the Air Force, I in the Army. My brother-in-law is still in the Army, having returned from Iraq recently. We're all proud to have defended our nation. And, yes, the rights of others to be assholes-in-general.

But you forgot one thing. Long after our young soldiers leave service, they will still miss their brothers and sisters in arms. And for each one lost, we all share the pain just as sure as if they were our true born siblings.


mollen6 35M

5/21/2006 7:13 am

A prayer for them who didn't get to live a life in peace


rm_4wolfsr 59M

5/21/2006 10:54 am

Forty years ago, at the height of the Viet Nam conflict such a sentiment would likely have not been shared by so many. IT is refreshing that, a generation later, we can, regardless of of our feelings about the war, stand united in support of the warriors. Perhaps as a society we have come to remember they are our sons and daughters and friends. Not to mention that with the events of 9/11 it is PERSONAL now. We all recognize our vulnerability. So in addition to praying for our troops I will pray we never forget.

A very fitting post as we go into the Memorial Day week end to Kick off the start of summer.


easy_8 58M

5/21/2006 12:38 pm

Good job dear..


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