Courage, Bravery, Love of Country and Death  

noordinarychic2 49F
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9/5/2006 1:15 pm

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Courage, Bravery, Love of Country and Death

Whether you agree with the politics of war, the fact remains that the men and women fighting in Iraq and around the world are someone's father, brother, husband, boyfriend, mother, sister, wife, or girlfriend. They are fighting for what they believe in and are to their core the bravest men and women I know. How many of us sit and watch the families on CNN who have lost someone? We feel bad maybe even a bit sad but until it touches you really don't have a clue. Sunday morning we got the word that a man my entire store knew, (he was one of the original cooks before enlisting) and was engaged to one of our bartenders was killed. He was 22. He had been in Iraq for TWO WEEKS. He was just home not more then three months ago. Hell Sunday before we heard, I was getting my weekly update from his girlfriend on how he was, what it was like etc... It just makes it real...when it is someone you know...its not just the tv news anymore. Its a real person who died for his country and for all that our country is and will be. I'm proud to be an American and I'm grateful to know that there are men and women who are willing to give their lives to keep us strong. It is indeed the ultimate gift given to us by some extraordinary people.

blastngoff 54M

9/5/2006 2:46 pm

Thanks so much for your nice words, I could tell that they were heartfelt. I will also not get into the politics of what people believe since there are valid points to be made on both ends of the spectrum concerning this issue. Having a discussion will end in a draw. But what is worth considering are some of the points that you have made within your entry. Those that are serving have done so voluntarily for numerous personal reasons, but what is important is just that, that they have done what the great majority of Americans haven't or won't do, raise their right hand and swear to uphold and defend all that is dear to the rest. They are doing so not because the pay is great, they go through rough training, work long hours in the most difficult of conditions, are subject to deploying anywhere at anytime with little or no warning, and the list goes on. They are just doing their duty for whom? YOU. The next time that you pull out of Starbucks in your comfortable car with a nice, hot steamy caffee latte after just having gotten up from your 8-hour sleep in your comfy bed which rests in your climate-controlled house, think of that person who at times is without a real shower for over 30 days, has had maybe a cold meal in a plastic package, has washed it down with luke warm water, has been up most of the night in all kinds of hellish weather, will be lucky to get a 2-hour "nap" on the ground in a sleeping bag with canvas for a roof, will be walking to "work" and if really lucky might get a ride in a very uncomfortable vehicle, is not wearing the latest in fashion which is clean but instead must wear pounds and pounds of heavy equipment over dirty clothes and to top it off, a rather cumbersome helmet. You face is dirty, your mouth full of grit, your stomach hungry, you are cold, hot, tired and you have a loaded weapon in your hand and you are facing someone who wants to kill you - someone you may never see. You just want to survive along with those with you, you think of how great it would be to be back home and enjoy all of the luxuries that you may be used to. That is not everything these young men and women deal with or have been since the founding of this country. Most are certainly not doing it for themselves, believe me - there isn't much glory to be gained - again, it is for YOU. With all of that they are willing to give up the one thing that is so precious to all of us - their lives - again, for YOU. Think about it and what we take for granted as Americans the next time you are sipping coffee on a Sunday morning.

luvlee_j1 48F

9/5/2006 4:24 pm

Sorry to hear of your loss. I tend to shy away from politics, but this touches home for me. My husband served during the Gulf War, and I remember EVERY single day he was away, and how it felt. Not being able to talk to him, not knowing what was going on with him, not hearing from him for weeks at a time. And when we would get word that someone was injured or killed...all i could do was pray it was someone elses spouse (sounds cruel, but it's the truth). These people who give their lives for our country are the bravest individuals on the face of this earth. I was blessed enough to have my man return home to me, in perfect health. But some of our friends were not so lucky. We still grieve for them, and pray for their families.

midwestboy1972 45M
659 posts
9/6/2006 4:45 am

Hey baby, sorry I've been out of touch! I'm sooo sorry for your loss. Having gone through this myself a few months back, I know exactly how you feel. Some people, get angry at the loss of these brave men and women, and they have every right to. But I believe these trying times strengthen our resolve, make us appreciate the real "heroes" of this country, and remind us that only through sacrifice can we acheive freedom and peace. Now if only the rest of the world bought into this. Anyway, big hug and big kiss baby!

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