What a wonderful country we live in. America has been a beacon of light to the world for many years now. This is the land of the free and the home of the brave. It’s hard to believe that we have been at war in Afghanistan since October 7, 2001, nine years now (104 months) and no end in sight. The Afghanistan war will soon surpass Vietnam, as the longest war in American history. There have been 1,000 brave souls that gave their lives for our freedom. The United States has spent over one trillion dollars on the Afghan war alone. The war in Iraq has claimed even more of our brave men and women, with over 5,400 soldiers making the ultimate sacrifice.
The New York Giants head coach, Tom Coughlin, has visited the troops overseas and he is an ex-military man himself. I’m proud that the leader of our team is showing our soldiers the respect that they deserve and trying to bring them a moment of joy amidst the chaos they endure daily. Thanks Coach Coughlin for looking out for our soldiers.
Without these men and women fighting over there, we would not be able to enjoy the life we lead here. So please take a moment to thank a soldier if you see one on the street. Stop what you are doing, look them straight in the eye and shake their hand. Buy them a beer or a slice of pizza if possible. My point is, we should all be very thankful for what our soldiers have endured. While you enjoy BBQ today with friends and family, you can be sure that somewhere overseas, our soldiers are in the middle of a fire fight. Honor them. Politics has no place on the battlefield and party affiliation means nothing when you are in the grip of war.
We must also remember the families and friends that are left behind. The sons and daughters of these brave men and women. The wives and husbands, the fathers and mothers. I’m not sure that anything can make things better for these people but a kind word or helping hand is the least we can do as a society. I come from a military family and my Uncle John was killed while spending time as a POW in Korea (the forgotten war) back in the day. I honor all of our fallen soldiers today but would like to personally honor my Uncle John. You are not forgotten!
If you have a family member or friend that you would like to honor today, you may do so in the comment area below.
God Bless and protect our soldiers everywhere around the world and God Bless the USA.
RD – NYGReporter.com