This kind of stuff gets me all kinds of aggravated.
Today is Veteran's Day. Most of us know someone or at least know someone who knows someone that has served in or is serving now. Whatever your view on the current war or any other, these are brave men and women out their doing their job, and they have my utmost respect. I'm far too much of a coward to face half of what many have experienced.
It breaks my heart to hear Vietnam vets talk of coming back home to such an ungrateful society who would confuse opinions about the war with opinions about our brave soldiers sent to do a job and risking their lives doing it. The veteran interviewed on a talk show I was listening to today was elated to be lifted out of hell and back on American soil, happy enough to cry even, and then people called him a "baby killer." Seriously, imagine that for a moment.
I hope nothing of the kind will happen this time. I worry already about so many of our "kids" returning with all of those scars, those seen and unseen, and my heart goes out to each of them and their families. How do you live in such fear so long while half a world away and missing your home, and then return home to a wife and children and just resume normal because you were luckier than the ones who weren't so lucky?
All of our honored veterans deserve our admiration, respect and support in whatever way they will allow us to give it to them.
Sales by greedy, disgusting retailers should not even be a part of the picture. Shame on you Macy's, Kohl's, Zales, Sears, and all the other pukes out there that think the almighty dollar is more important than proper respect for the brave men and women who have so selflessly served our country.
I was going to rant long and loud on all of this, but it's already been done in an even more articulate way than how my version was likely to have come out. Please read this excellent article, and keep sight of what really matters. The article touches on the one reason why September 11th as a "day off" kind of holiday would be bad - the sales. Can you imagine? You know it would happen.
Veterans, I thank you. I'm sorry that we don't always do such a great job of showing our gratitude, but lots of us do "get it" that this day isn't about a day off or a stupid sale. It's all about your brave service to your country, and you have my respect.