Gratitude for sacrifices is eternal
You glorious upholders and defenders of the U.S. Constitution: There are not enough words to express my appreciation for all you have done and what you continue to do to make the United States of America, the most wonderful country to ever exist, an even better place.
I have always felt genuinely patriotic. I graduated in 1976, the Bicentennial year, turned 18 and was elated to vote in my first election — all at the same time.
Most of all, I did not have to go to Vietnam. Making a long story short, since the age of 5, I thought I was going grow up, turn 18 and die in a place called Vietnam. Neither my parents nor the church I was required to attend offered consolation. Thus, while I was growing up in the relative safety of Midwest cornfields, my heart has always known that those who gave their lives did so to ensure that I (and a few million like me) did not have to pay such a dear price.
I can never honor them, thank them or love them enough, yet I try to do so all the same. The same goes for every honorable serviceman and servicewoman I have encountered throughout my life, who are currently part of my life, and those to come.
While it is obvious that history teaches mortals that the unjust among us and the unholy dogs of war shall always snarl their drool-filled hate, the U.S. Constitution stands in providential testament that, like a man once said about a Paul McCartney concert, “You come away with the knowing hope that the world can be the kind of place you and those you love envision.”
Many have been, are, and always shall be, blessed to know such, and I dare to count you and me among them. For that reason and many more, I thank you for living your oath to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution and our “republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.”
With my eternal gratitude, and a heartfelt salute, “Happy Armistice Day! Happy Veterans Day!”
Representatives of the Laredo Veterans Color Guard lead the annual Veterans Day Parade last year. We can never honor, thank or love those who served enough.