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From Sage W. (Student, age 16)

To our troops,

“The greatest glory of a free-born people is to pass that freedom on to their children.”  (William Havard)

When the Founding Fathers created our nation they envisioned freedom for American citizens.  Thanks in large part to our troops their vision of a free America has stood the test of time.  It’s endured through the years, allowing the individual liberties Americans are blessed with.

Your hard work has allowed me to inherit a great nation.  I see you as role models for selfless acts, bravery and honor.  Thank you.

Sage

S.W.

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From Stephen G. (Oil Field Engineer, age 46)

To the Soldier,

I am not a man gifted with great words.  I am an oil field engineer.  In this capacity, I have had the blessing to work with many, many people more talented than I.  I have found success not only through absolute perseverance and work ethic, but also leveraging the knowledge put forth by others.  I soon learned, I do not have to create everything in the world, I simply have to use what is already at hand.

When I found out about this project, I could not help but contribute.  As usual, I played to my strengths and found words from folks more talented than I.

President Reagan once said, “Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.”  To me, “noblest aspirations” can also mean “Great”.  “Great” and its cousin “Greatness” do not come from doing the average or expected.  As we tell our kids, good grades, not getting into trouble, doing household chores, is not “great”.  It is nice and wonderful and much better than the alternative, but in and of itself does not define “Greatness”.

What does Greatness mean? How do you define it? To me, to go above and beyond the expected is as simple as it gets.  The Bible has some verses worth remembering: John 15:13: “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”  …and Philippians 2:3-4:  “Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”  Martin Luther King reminded us that “Not everyone can be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service.”

Clearly, giving of oneself – VOLUNTEERING for the service of this country which has been the strongest champion of good in the history of mankind, is truly “Greatness” and as such, deserves undying gratitude particularly from those of us who have not volunteered.  Part of my success and happiness is because of you and those who came before you. As you are much more aware than I, that greatness has come at a cost. When I think of how fortunate I am, I can’t help but weigh the gravity of what our warriors risk.

…but there is a horizon.  There is a better tomorrow; both in this world and the next – as a result of your efforts. As the Bible says in the book of Revelation 21:4:  “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Good luck to you all and may God bless you and your families.

S.G.

From Lynn C. (Academic Editor For A Research University)

Thoughts About Veterans Day

I recently told a friend that I don’t need any sort of special day to remember our veterans.  I told him I carry gratitude in my heart every single day.  I’m delighted that there is a day of national recognition however.  It focuses people’s attention and hopefully the public celebration leaves some lingering appreciation in the hearts of American citizens regarding what it means to serve…what it means to be willing to offer yourself up to something bigger than the preservation/protection of a single life (your own).

It’s that willingness that I so admire and appreciate.  All through American history good men have stepped forward, giving of their time, their comfort, their peace of mind and potentially their lives as payment for the price of freedom.  They are who stands between darkness and our ability to live out the credo “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

In absolute terms they are the treasure of our country.  They are where the wealth of America springs from.  That’s not an exaggeration.  Without them, America is just a lovely idea that could never really be.  From the sailor who stands in the cold scraping and painting the ship for the hundredth time, to the administrative assistant, to the cook, to the pilot, to the special operator – every single one of them is deserving of our thanks and praise.

God bless our troops, our veterans and God bless America!

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