Often in life we come to the point where we recognize why we are thankful and hold appreciation for so many things. This soul root is a part of our being, forged from the experiences of life. Here in the sphere of appreciation, I give thanks and pay tribute to all of my brothers and sisters serving or who have served and who have died while serving their country.
I learned from a young age that war was a brutal reality, one that is sadly a part of human struggle. All too often, these wars are waged in the name of resources, dominion and in the name of God. Such warring has continued throughout history until this very day. No matter the reason, the soldier provides his own body and places his life before the “enemy.” He does this as he is instructed to do. Often, this is combined with a sense of duty and purpose. Perhaps he absolutely believes in the reasons for war and engages the battlefield with honor. Our soldiers are truly remarkable in strength, courage and a testament to freedom that is fought for around the world.
If not for my training in the art of war, I correspondingly would not have been trained to engage life with the same sense of purpose, commitment and sense of duty that I have been fortunate enough to recognize. Through witnessing cultures from around the globe, learning of their customs and religions and for seeing the sunset on many a different horizon; I have grown in spirit, learned more of myself and cultivated a respect and attention to all the world’s people.
One thing I found to be true no matter the clime or country, all men and women desire to be free. They wish to live in peace, without bother, without quarrel and with a sense of being safe. Our soldiers give their lives to make this possible, though often our governments, establishments and perverted power hungry dictators continually exploit the soldier’s sacrifice.
Today I expand my sphere of appreciation and give thanks to all men and women who serve. To all of my fellow Marines, to all of the armed forces desiring to spread peace and freedom across the land I say Thank you, and I’m proud to be a part of such an elite brotherhood. Though I no longer will wield my weapon of war, I now choose to use the pen instead of the sword. A soldier of peace I will remain, in both mind and spirit. Happy Memorial Day