They leave behind families who know nothing of how, or why. Often misunderstood they rise to the challenge everyday and wish nothing more than the ability to return home to the country they love. Proud, brave and sometimes terrified, they perform under stress as no other. Some becoming what legends are made of, others lives are changed forever.
It takes a special person to perform their particular duties and as Americans we should show nothing but respect not only for those who return, but for the fallen as well. It has often been said that our WWII veterans were the greatest generation. They sacrificed all for our country. If those men and women set the standard then I believe all fallen soldiers should be held with the same regard. None of them wished to perish, none of them woke up one particular morning thinking today is my last day. None of them asked to be subjected to the horrors of war, to losing fellow soldiers and thier friends. They all knew the job that laid before them. They all knew the risks associated, and yet each and every one of them stepped forward with honor and integrity, putting aside personal feelings of dread to complete a task for you, for us, for themselves and for our country.
Can you say you would do the same thing?
It is after all Memorial day-not national BBQ day.
Remember the fallen, respect those who remain.