I don’t have any family members that have ever served in any kind of military force. I don’t know anyone that fought or died in any of the major World Wars.
I do, however, remember the sacrifices that millions of people made and continue to make in order to protect our safety, our rights, our freedoms, and most importantly, our responsibilities towards our fellow man.
No matter what you may think of your current political administration or their stance on warfare and international conflict, it is impossible to deny the value of the young men and women that have put their lives on the line to make sure we can have the life we currently live.
Today, while I remember the sacrifices of those that fought in the past, I also pray for the safety for the men and women who are on the front lines right now.
I pray for the safety for my friend the pilot in Afghanistan who delivers medical supplies to coalition forces bases across the country. I pray for the safety for my friend the engineer who works in the Persian Gulf on an aircraft carrier fixing vital military equipment. I pray for the safety for my friend the medic in Sudan who takes care of UN Peacekeepers that are injured during their duties. And I pray for the safety for all of the people, my friends or not, who continue to put their lives on the line, each and every day.
I pray. I remember.