“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself” —Joseph Campbell
: “The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree” — Thomas Campbell :
* The greatest sacrifices of the men and women in uniform are those who made the ultimate sacrifice – the loss of life in the service of our country – and the impact of that loss on their families who now live with this for the rest of their lives. It is because of this sacrifice that we remember, respect and honor those who gave their lives in the defense of our nation through the family members who wear a Gold Star or Next of Kin Lapel Button.
Today, out of a nation of 320 million people, 1.3 million Americans are in active duty military, and another 1 million serve in the reserves, according to the Department of Defense.
That small figure influences the way the general public thinks about the cost of conflict.
“In our society, we’ve seen this real shift." Now, less than 1 percent of our population has served. The experience of going to war and coming home — we don’t have as much awareness.
We have a disconnect in our society about what’s going on, who has served and what they experienced.”
In many ways, Americans today feel removed from the Global War on Terror and military conflict."
“So few have served, and that it’s very easy for people to say now that ‘I didn’t want these wars,’ but that doesn’t mean that we aren’t all part of this." Think of all the little freedoms you enjoy every day… now go HUG a soldier (or a hand shake works too :), and give them a heartfelt THANK YOU; it’s because of them you continue to enjoy the simple things in life. 🐺
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