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The Quiet Ones

Posted Monday, November 12, 2012, at 6:42 PM

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To Honor Those Who Have Served.
The real heros are the quiet ones. They don't brag about their bravery in the line of fire or the countless acts of courage exhibited during their years of service. They simply do what they were asked to do for their country and go home to live out their lives.

You don't see them writing books or appearing on Oprah or Good Morning America. For some, even their families have no idea about their courageous acts until their service records are read at their funerals.

We have seen the Greatest Generation slowing fading away. Aging rapidly,they still struggle to stand and honor the flag when others refuse to do so. They respect what our country stands for and some of them have sacrificed not only their lives but parts of their bodies to keep us safe.

A quiet hero is one who never assumes that he or she is any more special than the next person. They simply view their acts of courage as doing the job that they were called to do.

Today, we have Wounded Warriors who are trying to get their lives back in order. They have suffered some tremendous injuries due to the newest kind of warfare waged by terrorists. Imagine being young and not being able to stroke your wife's hair or feel the warmth of your newborn's body because you have lost your arms. Or the difficulty of coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder while adjusting to civilian life.

How can you ever begin to repay such a sacrifice that was so freely made for your benefit? I don't think that there are enough dollars in our piggy banks to compensate for the loss of life, limb or the changed lifestyles of our military personnel.

Honor for a Veteran shouldn't just come one or two days a year. We should stand and salute the flag in their honor at every event. Gladly say the Pledge of Allegiance and Sing our National Anthem with gusto. We should go out of our way to shake their hands and thank them for their service whenever you see a uniformed individual.

The cost of each war that this country has fought in should never be measured in dollars, but by the tiny crosses in the cemeteries across the United States. The hospitals that are working so hard to mend the broken bodies of the ones who came home alive.

It doesn't matter about the popularity of a war or the politics that surround it. Someone has stepped up to protect us from harm. As we come to the closing of this year, keep those quiet ones in mind as you donate money or goods to various causes.

Some of us have so very little to give except our thanks. And others volunteer their time and resources to aid those who have served.

Thank You for Your Service This Veterans Day.


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Excellent piece, Bonnie. I join you in the message of thanks.

-- Posted by wh67 on Mon, Nov 12, 2012, at 8:11 PM

Thank you, all I need to say

-- Posted by Eagle_eye on Mon, Nov 12, 2012, at 8:42 PM

Thanks to all of our Veterans.

-- Posted by TundraRat on Tue, Nov 13, 2012, at 8:35 AM

THANKS FOR YOUR PIECE BONNIE.........!!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by lamont on Tue, Nov 13, 2012, at 10:12 AM

Very nice. I wonder about all the dead Americans who are buried overseas in countries we fought wars, and how their final resting places are being kept.

-- Posted by skeeter on Tue, Nov 13, 2012, at 10:24 AM

You are so welcome, I thank all of you for your service. I added a word to complete the sentence with gusto. sloppy.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Tue, Nov 13, 2012, at 10:24 AM

While many of us often disagree on the various blogs, I think all would agree with what you've written. Thank You for your eloquent discourse--it is appreciated.

-- Posted by MrMister on Wed, Nov 14, 2012, at 9:11 PM

Why Thank YOu Mr.Mister. We need to find common ground. I keep trying.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Thu, Nov 15, 2012, at 7:02 AM


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Fixing fence is the one of the hardest jobs on a ranch. I no longer live on a ranch, but I do know what hard work is. Fences are everyone's concern, but nowadays,the "hole" is always your neighbor's side not your own. It used to be that you would respect your neighbor and mend the fence together. If their cows got in your field, a simple phone call resolved the problem. You might even saddle up your own horse and help them gather them up. We need more people who are willing to roll their sleeves up and fix the fence regardless of who your neighbor is. There are people in this country who need to be reminded that a fence is like the way you should conduct your life. Your posts should be straight and neat. The wire needs to be stretched tight and your gate might be closed, but can still be easily opened. And most of all, we can all saddle up together and ride the range, it won't matter if you have an Appaloosa, Quarter Horse or Thoroughbred. The cows still have to be gathered, fences have to be fixed, and the range is a wide open space of opportunity for us all.
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