November 8, 2010
It's not a day that is celebrated as broadly with holidays and cookouts and such as Memorial Day, but this Thursday is Veteran's Day. A day to remember all those who have served our country in our nation's armed services. Many have been to war. Many are disabled because of it. Some are not. Nevertheless…we owe them all a debt of gratitude.
I watched a movie this weekend called "The Hurt Locker". It was about a team of soldiers in Iraq who disarmed and removed bombs and explosives. A critically acclaimed movie, I thought it did an excellent job of portraying the kind of pressure those in combat face on a constant basis and touched on the contrast many face when they come home. Frankly, it is a wonder anyone can keep their sanity after such experiences. It was by no means the bloodiest war movie I've ever watched—but it showed the constant tension of daily patrols in a combat zone where you don't know friend from foe…and how things can suddenly go terribly wrong. I don't like to give a blanket recommendation of movies nor am I a critic. I'm just saying this one—made me stop and more fully appreciate what our current service men and women are facing in the Middle East.
On Thursday, November 11th be sure and express your appreciation to a veteran. We owe them more than most ever get.