To Those Who Support The Troops… The Few, The Proud & The Strong
June 29, 2007
One thing that Anthony, Brat, Kari and I all do, is Support Our Troops to the fullest. Not just by saying that we do, but by our actions as well. Those actions take many forms, be it, the stories we post here at ASM, being involved in Troop Support efforts, in our jobs (some of us are in the Military, others of us work with the military, others are former military, others just go above and beyond to provide support and comfort to our troops in any way possible), in every facet of our life. One thing we’ve repeated here time and time again and many of our readers have stressed as well, is that we don’t buy the “I support the troops, but not the war” adage. We don’t feel that you can truly support the troops, if you’re not supporting the job that they’re doing. We”ve argued that point with many people who’ve came to the blog to attempt to change our way of thinking. When I ran across this, I felt it was something that was appropriate to post here. It’s the thoughts of a Private in the Army Reserve and he speaks quite eloquently, the points we’ve been making here for quite some time. Though I realize it’s probably going to change what these people think, I still feel that this young man needs to be heard, and he WILL be heard here.
To the few, the proud, and the strong,
As the Iraq War grows in length, I find that every day the support for the troops in Iraq weakens. And with this weakening support for the troops, I think of a saying I saw not too long ago, â€œHate the war, not the solider, weâ€™re just doing our jobs.â€ But even so, there are people who walk among us, who think that our soldiers are doing evil in Iraq, when in fact the evil I am referring to is one that goes beyond the insurgency in Iraq. It is one that is our very own country. This evil I am talking about is the seeming hatred for our soldiers by certain groups who call themselves â€œChurches.â€ They stand in protest at the funerals of our fallen heroes, who deserve the right to rest in peace. As do these â€œchurchâ€ members. However, what these evil doers donâ€™t acknowledge, is that without the ultimate sacrifice of the young man or woman they are protesting against, they themselves would not be able to rest in peace when they die.
It is not only the above who refuse to support the troops, for there are many others also. These people walk among us every day, yet what they do is crippling this country. The people I am talking about are the anti-war protesters. The ones that speak out against what the American troops are doing in Iraq, the ones that wear shirts that have a picture of President Bush with a caption that reads “International Terrorist”, instead of a picture of Bin Laden. You may be asking yourself, â€œHow they are crippling our country?â€ Well the answer is simple as this: each and every day they weaken the troops’ moral, and they cripple the will and strength of the cause.
The cause that without, we would not have this great nation to live in or the freedoms we have. There have been millions of Americans killed for this cause that we have been fighting for hundreds of years and that we will continue to need to fight for years to come. And with that, there will be millions of more lives taken. However, what they do not acknowledge is that the fact that without the ultimate sacrifice these men and now women have made, along with their families, they would not be allowed to wear those shirts, or say the things they say.
So to the few, the proud, and the strong who do support the greatest cause, the cause that keeps us free day after day, I am grateful. I am grateful for the fact that there are people like you that will help to take a stand against them. It sickens me each day to know that I am sworn to serve these people, the same as I am sworn to serve you. I can only hope that one day they will acknowledge that the oath that I and millions of others have taken are to protect there rights as well as yours equally, and that they will one day acknowledge that fact. Thank you for all you have done, all you do, and all I am sure you will continue to do, in this fight against those who don’t support the men and women who keep the American people free. Also thank you for your continued support of the soldiers, airmen, marines, and sailors.
Â© PV2 Zengerling, Richard J
U.S. Army Reserve DEP