In less than a week the ancient celebrations of Christmas and Hanukkah will be upon us again. This holy time of year brings families together to share special meals, to spend precious time together and to give thanks for all that is good in their lives.
For Christians it is a time rooted in faith and thanksgiving, a time marked by hope and joy in the promise that the birth of the Savior brings. For Jews it is a time of joyful remembrance of the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 165 BC. For others it is a time to celebrate one’s culture, but for all it remains a time of joy and celebration of family.
We here at the Veterans Site want to share this video to remember that there are thousands of our troops who will not be able to be home for these holiday celebrations. Many of them are serving on the front lines of the world’s most dangerous places, others are shipboard all around the world, others are on watch at the DMZ on the Korean Peninsula, others are standing guard at our embassies around the world.
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Some are at sea or on our lakes and rivers protecting and saving lives and blocking the flow of drugs from our shores. That battle never sees a day off. Others are ready to climb into fighter jets, bombers and flying reconnaissance planes at a moment’s notice, if needed, and still others are standing ready on our military bases here at home.
These men and women will not be able to be at home with their families at this time of year. We must keep them and their families in our thoughts and prayers. We can never thank these men and women enough for their willingness to serve and to sacrifice on our behalf for a cause that is larger than all of us put together; the freedoms, privileges and responsibilities codified in the Constitution of the United States of America.
The Veterans Site sends its greetings to all who are serving at home and abroad at this time. We have your back, because you have ours. Be safe and know that we love, respect and honor you all.
Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site Blog.