cur-mud-geon: anyone who hates hypocrisy and pretense and has the temerity to say so; anyone with the habit of pointing out unpleasant facts in an engaging and humorous manner
The song title says it well so far as our veterans; all gave some and some gave all.
This is the day that has been set aside so that we might remember those who fought, and those who both fought and died for our freedoms. Had those brave souls not ventured forth when called upon, we might well not know the country that we live in, love in and debate in today.
We might not have the freedoms that permit us to gather in public places, and to express our thoughts openly without fear of reprisal from the government.
We might not have the freedom to gather and worship openly as we choose. We might not have the freedom to discuss politics and to vote our beliefs in secret ballots.
We might not have the freedom to enter into military service or to not enter into military service as we choose. We might not enjoy the protection and sacrifice of those who choose to defend us for the greater good.
This is a day in which we should remember all those faceless and nameless men and women who have protected and who do protect our freedoms. We should not take the freedom we have so lightly as to be uninvolved in its daily exercise. We should take the time to thank those veterans whom we know for their service, and we should take a moment to remember those veterans whom we knew who are no longer here to be thanked.
When you and I awake each day, we really need to remember that somewhere there are tens and tens of thousands of men and women wearing the uniform of one of our military service branches who are training to defend us; or who are defending us in some foreign place far from home and loved ones. Any one of those might have just been wounded...or killed in the service of his or her country and of us, its citizens.
Remember that, as the song says, all gave some, some gave all.
The Curmudgeon Blog today is titled "Ratchet Health Care Reimbursements Down To Save Money. Right?"