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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Friday, January 17, 2014

A Salute to Our Troops

All too often our country's military misses out on life's most precious moments. A soldier (in the sense here meaning any member of our military forces) may be thousands of miles away when news arrives of the birth of a son or daughter. Perhaps, the news is the opposite end of the spectrum, the death of a parent, brother, sister, or even a child. Distance separates families leaving times for communication often few and far between, time passes slowly ...months ... years ... without seeing loved ones. Whether a first hello or final goodbye, the moments can never be regained. And, their stories touch the Heart of America

Awakenings, the book, is dedicated to those who laid the foundation and established the platform for our American freedom: those who have served in the past, presently serve, or will serve our military forces in the future. A profound appreciation is extended for the sacrifice of these brave men and women who left or will leave their homes and families to ensure America's freedom endures.

A grave price is being paid every moment of every day of the year for all the freedom America has to offer. Let us not forget those who have fought or are fighting for our nation. They are the epitome of the human spirit called freedom!

Soldiers of America
(What are they to you?)

There are five branches to our military each with their own terms of identifications and regulations.
The term 'soldiers' here is being used in its broadest sense to represent all troops.  

Soldiers are our protectors, fighters
pledging honor with allegiance
to the country they defend...

sworn to uphold The Constitution
 whether at home or abroad
 from beginning to end...

often alone, never forgotten
fending for themselves
amid strange distant lands...

 riddled with imminent danger
forever watchful and careful
not to fall into enemy hands...

 born of strength and courage
 steadfast in their beliefs
in a quest for America to survive...

 wives, husbands, children, parents
praying they return home alive

Each long for precious moments
 to hold a newborn baby
kiss a loved one's hand...

share in celebration
a birthday, a graduation
 anniversary or wedding band...

enjoy Dad's famous bar-be-ques
Mom's homemade biscuits
apple pie and ice cream...

 things once taken for granted
 to enjoy a cup of coffee together
to share the same dream...

feel joy as tears cleanse the heart
meet life head on as planned
have time to make amends...

create unforgettable memories
 time and time again
amidst family and friends

freedom upon freedom they do declare
isn't that what our soldiers are fighting for?

aren't the words they long to hear
 Welcome home, soldier!
not the sights, the sounds, the smells of war?

 say Thank You, Soldiers!
don't wait another minute...second
 for one special day to appear

salute our soldiers, shake their hands
Remember Their Sacrifice
each and every day of the year

honor those who fight with pride
remember all who served
don't bid the Veteran adieu

Soldiers of America
 I know what they are to me
What are they to you?

©2014 Awakenings
Sharla Lee Shults

While the honor below was bestowed upon our military in 2003, it is important to carry this forward into each year that followed and onward into the future. War continues to rage and America continues to fight to maintain her freedom.

The American Soldier, representing all men and women who wear the uniform, has been named Time magazine's Person of the Year.
Three 1st Armored Division soldiers -- Sgt. Ronald Buxton, Spc. Billie Grimes and Sgt. Marquette Whiteside --
are featured on the magazine's Dec. 29 - Jan. 5 cover.
Photo by James Nachtwey / VII for Time, used by permission.

"By naming the American soldier as Person of the Year, we're using that term in its broadest sense, to stand for all of those in a U.S. uniform who go in harm's way, including the Navy's sailors, the airmen and women of the Air Force and the Marines," managing editor Jim Kelly wrote in a letter to readers. Source: U.S. Department of Defense
[To me, it was a disservice to not mention the U.S. Coast Guard. Perhaps the intention was for it to be included within the Navy since the Coast Guard protects America's waterways and deploys with the Navy during wartime.]

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