This is an excerpt from a Veteran’s Day essay, the author is unknown but I’d venture to say of high school age. It communicates feelings that are regrettably absent often superseded by smart devices and network appliances. Patriotism is not exclusive to military service, it’s often a reason for public service or just teaching your children that there is more than self; that God and Country are as much a part of us as one’s self. This Veterans Day take time out of your busy schedule to be a Patriot.
“…Our nation’s veterans pledge their lives to our defense, so that, in their absence, we can continue to live in freedom, and enjoy our time in life. Veterans are separate from our everyday struggles. They represent our country as a whole, people of every belief coming together and standing strong.
They do not pledge themselves to us simply because it is their duty. They have a deep-seated belief that this country is worth fighting for, and they volunteer to be the ones to step forward in its protection. The patriotism in their hearts is what allows everyday life to continue unimpeded; it is how they advance and do what they must for the good of the country as a whole, not just what they would want themselves…”