Veterans Day is Not Enough

Danny Tyree, FloydReports.com


“What have you done for us lately?”

I don’t think the average American military veteran has the time or the temperament to spend 51 weeks a year asking such a question, but a reasonable person could hardly blame him if he did.

Veterans Day can be like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day — an occasion to heap praise upon individuals whom we spend the rest of the year ignoring, tolerating, or circumventing. A week’s worth of bumper stickers, newspaper interviews, special discounts, and grade school essays soon give way to the daily grind.

I don’t think our veterans are expecting a “We’re not worthy!” routine from civilians (as in Wayne and Garth kowtowing to Alice Cooper in the “Wayne’s World” movie), but there are lots of little ways to show appreciation during the year.

Are you glad for the religious freedom we enjoy in this country? Don’t take it for granted. Go out and be the most gung ho (insert your religious affiliation or non-affiliation here) you can be!

Are you grateful for freedom of speech and freedom of the press? Exercise those rights. Stay informed, and not just by surrounding yourself with “yes men” radio/TV commentators, bloggers, and columnists. Military service has opened up new horizons for millions of insulated kids over the years, and there’s no reason for civilians to box themselves in with dogma.

Glad you can vote? Be sure you register and actually show up on election day. (No excuses, such as TV’s Edith Bunker trying to defend husband Archie’s non-voting with the lame, “I think he had to mail a letter once.”) Educate yourself and vote for solid, non-frivolous reasons.

Glad the nation as a whole isn’t speaking German or Japanese? Try speaking and writing English correctly.

Take five minutes to learn flag etiquette before displaying Old Glory.

Let the veterans in your family, workplace, or neighborhood know….

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Comments

  1. SEAN MURRY says:

    thank you Floyd for this wonderful article.

  2. Any veteran who lost limbs, eyesight, hearing, or any other disability that keeps him from holding a job, should be supported with a DECENT wage the rest of his life. If we can support millions of illegals, many on welfare who are just too lazy to work, other countries by the billions, we certainly can afford to help the many veterans who served our country. Why is it we ask so much from our veterans, but are unwilling to give so much when they are wounded and no longer can serve us? Get your priorities right, senate and congress, and stop supporting our enemies and start supporting our veterans more. Think were we would be without them.rose

    • AMEN , ROSE ! THIS COUNTRIES PRIORITIES HAVE BEEN SHIFTING, FOR YEARS, TO POLITICAL VOTES ! THESE DAMN POLITICIANS FORGET WHO MAKES IT POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO MOVE AROUND AND HAVE A DEMOCRATIC PROCESS TO GET ELECTED. WITHOUT OUR MILITARIES EFFORTS, THROUGHOUT OUR COUNTRIES HISTORY, WE MAY NOT BE LIVING IN A FREE SOCIETY ! IT IS DOWN RIGHT SICKENING THE WAY OUR MILITARY IS TAKEN FOR GRANTED ! I SAY , WE THE PEOPLE, SHOULD BE ABLE TO REMOVE POLITICIANS IMMEDIATELY WHEN THEY GO AGAINST THE FOUNDINGS OF OUR COUNTRY ! FIRE THEM ON THE SPOT, JUST LIKE AN EMPLOYEE CAN BE FIRED FOR NOT DOING HIS / HER JOB ! GOD BLESS OUR MILITARY AND OUR BELOVED COUNTRY ! SEMPER FI, TOM

    • THANK YOU! Rose, I am adisabled veteran, from "Operation Southern Watch" Now living in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico! I feel that the U.S. of A has gone so Backwards on alot of Beliefs & History, & now are more worried about taking care of its own! I Have to Drive 26 hours to a Physical every six month, If not My V.A. Pension of 20% a total of $243.00 a month, The Messed up part is I cannot find work, or hold a job, Because of my disability! My wife is a Mexican Citizen and she pays the Bills! I will go and vote, next year, but live where life isnt so complicated! GOD BLESS AMERICA & THANK YOU!!!

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