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Military Tribute: Salute America’s Service Members

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Portrait of a soldier saluting

Being part of the Army family is an experience I will treasure for as long as I live.  Throughout my families history in America, all of the men on my paternal side have served in the U.S. Army.  Regardless what our personal thoughts about war are, America is lucky to have willing young men and women who answer the call to serve.  Because of patriotism, the last time America drafted soldiers to war was Vietnam.  Our current wars began in 2002.  Not one single American has been drafted.  In my opinion this is a direct reflection of patriotism to our country. Which, has inspired me to start a Military Tribute page.

In my mind service members are the true hero’s of our country.  At Tattoos In Suburbia we believe every service member in America’s Armed Forces should be recognized and saluted for the sacrifices they’ve made willingly on our behalf.  It’s easy to think of a service member as a violent person. After all that is the extent of some Americans knowledge of what our military does.

Violence is a theme I have heard over and over through the years.  The truth of the matter is, there is so much more to these men and women than that. Some, like my family, have someone from each generation willing to serve. My sister, daughter and myself are all married to service members.  We support those who serve.   All of us married a military man.  America’s men and women stand for the fundamental truth that our country will remain free.  Without each service member who drags themselves out of bed at 0530 for that morning formation, freedom would cease to exist.  Service members ensure that terrorism will not penetrate America without a fight.

For the military there are no Grammys, Oscars or CMT awards for our military, I want the Military Tribute page to be just that. I place where service members get the recognition they deserve.  Don’t know someone who served in the military? That’s okay. Not everyone feels the call to serve. We only ask that you take a few minutes and get to know the service members who provide us our freedom.  Understanding a soldier is hard. For that reason I wanted to find this poem. The first time I read it was a long time ago. It is as true today as it was when I first found it.

It is the Veteran

It is the Veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the Veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Veteran, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Veteran, who salutes the Flag,
It is the Veteran, who serves under the Flag,
To be buried by the flag,
So the protester can burn the flag.

Have  a service member you would like to see on my Military Tribute?

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