Military Volunteers - Something I Could Never Do
(Falling Waters, Wv.)
Service flag with two gold stars, representing two family members who died on active duty.
They say there is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer. I would agree with that wholeheartedly.
When I was 18 I thought about joining the military, but couldn't talk myself into it.
All of you stood up, said yes, picked up a weapon and stood a post. Somehow thanks just doesn't seem to be good enough.
In my church, we have a two-time gold star mother. Her sacrifice and that of all military families is forgotten sometimes, I think.
We live in the best nation on the face of this planet. You know, Ronald Reagan used to say the United States was, to him, "this shining city on a hill." I couldn't agree more.
Thanks for all you do.
Mike, thank you for your comment. You are right in that it takes a very special type of person to volunteer for military duty.
At any given point in time, only about one percent of the American population is on active duty, protecting and defending the other 99%. In recent years, that number is less than one percent. The exception was in World War II when the number jumped to about 9%.
It has been estimated that only about 7% of Americans are veterans.
Naturally, we think they are all heroes, the best of the best, the cream of the crop.
Thank you for taking time to thank our heroes.
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