It is the nature of real courage that gives us the ability to willingly offer to stand for something, even in the face of fear and real and present danger. This is what the American soldier, sailor, airman, Coast Guardsman, and Marine volunteers to do every day.
It takes real character to voluntarily offer one’s service, and potentially one’s life, to protect and defend not just the country and the people we love, but an idea. That is what our American military volunteers do when they sign up to wear the uniforms of our military services. They raise their right hands and take an oath to, “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the order of the officers appointed…”
That’s right, those who serve now, and we who have served in the past, swore that oath and we remain willing to defend that Constitution with our lives, if necessary. That document is the cause and the goal that is the American experiment in democracy. It represents and fosters the “inalienable rights” and the “duties” we have as American citizens that Thomas Jefferson recognized and enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, that is, “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” That profoundly remarkable “idea” in human history is what has enabled this country to be a beacon of freedom for the world.
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This video honors the character, the courage and the commitment of our all-volunteer military through the words of a song, accompanied by visual images. We must never forget that there are still thousands of our military men and women who are standing in harm’s way on our behalf in far distant places.
They put themselves willingly between us and those who wish us harm every day. They are honoring their oath on a daily basis.
The Veterans Site deeply respects the commitment and dedication to duty that our military men and women honor and practice every day in support and defense of We The People.
We must never forget them. We must honor their daily sacrifices with our thoughts, our prayers and our support. We must also never forget their families, those who serve and sacrifice “in the rear.” Their sacrifices, too, require immense courage, character and commitment from them. We send them our support and thanks for their sacrifices as well.
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.