Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Thoughts and Prayers

There was a photo taken of a statue during the Veterans Day observance in New York and that Statue has captured the nation’s attention in a way that can only be classified as historic. That is the photo of the statue which depicts a Green Beret riding on a Mongolian Pony, a descendent of those ridden by Genghis Khan and his Mongol Army, centuries ago. It is a statue that depicts a Special Forces soldier riding into combat on this pony against an entrenched enemy on his home turf, against the Taliban just after 9-11.

In the photo you can see several of the 9-11 heroes from Operation Enduring Freedom 1 being greeted by the crowd as they walk behind the statue or ride in the truck that is pulling it down the road. What an incredible moment in history! The recognition of these heroes being given by a city that suffered so greatly on that day, over ten years ago is awe inspiring. It makes me feel an even greater sense of pride in my country, in our military.

Over this Thanksgiving Holiday, I think I will stop and take a little time to give thanks for great men such as these. I will say thank you to all of those who have served. Thank you for your service to our great nation. Thank you for being there when our nation called upon you and sent you into harms way. You went without hesitation, without question, without doubt, and probably with the knowledge that this may be your very last mission, ever.

Today our military is an all volunteer force that has been heavily engaged in a shooting war for the last ten years. Imagine that! An entire force comprised of men and women, all volunteers who joined knowing full well the hazards they may face. Has there ever been such a military in the history of man kind?

During the last century our nation witnessed its share of war and the World War II generation was dubbed the Greatest Generation of all time. Please allow me to say this, to declare today, that we are blessed to have the next Greatest Generation amongst us now! Their example, their sacrifice, when all is said and done will prove to have made a tremendous impact on the course of our nation’s history for decades, if not centuries to come.

Happy Thanksgiving!

God bless our heroes of the War on Terror!

God bless the Special Forces soldiers!

De Oppresso Liber!

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