Bowra: We have one Awesome Military

Our military is always under attack. Last week, they came under an attack and thirty servicemen were killed. Most of them were from the elite SEAL Team Six, the group whose members carried out the mission that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden. The bodies of these soldiers have been brought home and buried. At some of these funerals, though, people were there to protest.

This is not right. Our military men and women deserve our full, unending, unwavering support. They are the reason that America is free. Why anyone would even want to protest at a military funeral, I don’t know.

Our military men and women are a fearless bunch of individuals. When duty calls, they jump to answer it. They do not flinch in the face of danger or even death. They face it head on, come what may. They are serving their country, and they know the potential sacrifice. Still they do not run. Why would we protest at the funeral for one of these people? They are the reason that, when you lay your head on your pillow every night, you do it in a free America. You do it without the fear of a bomb falling on your home while you’re sleeping. Some people really do go to sleep with that fear.

For those of us not in the military, it is our duty, and even more so our privilege, to have the job of encouraging these men and women in uniform. It does not matter whether we support the wars they are fighting in or not. What matters is that the men and women who are fighting receive our support. They may not agree with the war either; yet they still go to protect our country. Those soldiers fighting overseas should feel so loved and appreciated by the rest of America the entire time they are there. They should never go a day without some kind of note of encouragement or kind word from an American citizen at home.
Not only should we support the active members of the military, but the veterans that are here at home as well. They are just as important and deserving as the active members. Many of them probably fought in WWII or the Vietnam War. While we are supporting and helping them, we would receive a blessing, too. You would know that you are helping a veteran, yes, but many of these men and women probably have amazing stories to tell about their war-time experiences. We can learn so much from these veterans, and all we have to do is show them gratefulness for their service.

America’s military is the only one in the world with a reputation such as they have. When trouble is on the horizon, the American servicemen and women are the first ones on the scene to stop it. When genocide takes place, they go in to stop it. When we are attacked here at home, our military is out on the field within days to bring justice to our enemies.
With all of that said, why do our military men and women not receive more of our support?
If anyone reading this right now is or has served in the U.S. military, I want to say thank you with all my heart. You ARE the reason America is what it is today. You are the reason I was born in a free country. You are the ones who have given us freedom of speech, religion, and everything else we have. Without you and your dedicated service, America would be nothing different than the rest of the world. It is because of your sacrifice that we are the leaders of the free world in so many areas. Philippians 2:3 says,

“Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.“

That is what you have done– thought of your fellow citizens and freedom for future generations above yourselves. You have given your life for the freedom we have in America. Thank you!


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