26 February 2006

And now for my first rant...

I'm never quite sure how to begin one of these unless I am in a fit of rage. However, during a heated debate in the comments section of Froggy Ruminations a while back, I did post something that pretty much sums up how I feel about war protesters amd why the whole question of supporting the troops is such a no-brainer for me. I hope Froggy will forgive me for reposting them here and if not, death by SEAL is at least a righteous way to go.

So folks, for what it's worth, here are my thoughts on the matter:

My *personal* short list of reasons why Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Marines deserve the unwavering support of the American people:(Yes, it's *my personal* list and yes, it's biased...I'll cover that in a moment.)

1. December, 1970:The Man I proudly call "Dad" wanted a son when he and my mother set out to adopt a child. He learned that a baby girl awaiting adoption lost her biological father while fighting with the 101st AIRBORNE in Vietnam three months after she was born. He tells me to this day that the idea of "His" son fell easily to the idea of ANY soldier's daughter growing up not knowing a soldier's love. "Dad" was in The Korea War, in a different division and from different place in history - but because soldiers love each other, I've been able to love two of them as only a daughter can for 35 years.

2. September 11th, 2001: I was rolling 1 3/4" hose line after a "normal" bread & butter structure fire when I heard about the attacks. That is my job. When 343 of my brothers died doing their jobs that day, the men and women of the US military did far more than demand a reckoning. They set out to ensure a future where our professions cross over only on our terms and no one else’s. They have delivered on both counts.

3. Fast forward to August 24th, 2005: I have “adopted” many individual service members and entire platoons over the last two years and to a man their gratitude for the smallest thought is overwhelming. But on this day I sat in tears reading the most touching thank you note I have ever received in my lifetime. What merited a personal letter of that caliber? A few pounds of Starbucks Coffee and a card. I sent those simple things to a group of men who volunteer for training & tours in Hell just to earn the right to demonstrate their intense love of this country. Unlike the folks who sparked this rare rant of mine, their protests signs are written in their *own* blood and no one else’s. They shed it willingly because that is how men of this breed express outrage against terrorism – they act. And in their darkest hour of grief, their commanding officer did not seek public platforms to complain. He shared private moments of hope and pride and gratitude by taking the time to personally thank people like me for a decent cup of coffee, a piece of printed cardboard, and a few words of prayers and appreciation that were woefully shy of honoring him and his fallen brothers as fully as they deserve.You may have read about this particular group of men here at Froggy’s Blog. Froggy held our hands while we prayed for them, rejoiced with us as the “ONE” came home, and granted us the privilege, worthy of it or not, to say goodbye to them at their memorial services. So, you see, for me, this is so very simple and all the debate in the world can’t change it – I love my defenders. I support their mission, their Commander In Chief and in my eyes, there simply is no other way to support THEM!

*Yes, this is my personal short list and I have no doubt that my opinion is biased. But I can take away any of the factors that make it so and one final unifying factor remains...I am an American. I know many, many people who do not have the ties to these men and women that I do. To them, it makes no difference. I know many who's ties are much closer and more personal. They do not need them. They all love our troops. They honor and support them just as fiercely as I do. They are Americans...and that is all they need.

6 Comments:

Blogger Barb said...

*applause*

Thank you for your heartfelt reasoning and perspective. What a great tribute to your Dad and your firefighting brothers/sisters. I too have felt the gratitude of men for such simple gifts. To know them is to love them - too bad so many don't take the time to know them at all.

2/26/2006 11:27:00 PM  
Blogger jbrookins said...

Very nice. will be reading more....

2/27/2006 11:45:00 AM  
Blogger Fallen' Angel said...

Welcome Jbrookins! I know your blog well! Thanks so much for checking out this newbie's attempt. BTW - I LOVE Colorado Springs too!
Dated a cadet there waaaaaaaaay back when. *LOL* Thank you for your dedicated service to our country!

2/27/2006 11:59:00 AM  
Blogger jbrookins said...

You dated a cadet? Well I won't hold that against you..

2/27/2006 08:32:00 PM  
Blogger GunnNutt said...

I love it!!!! A woman that walks-the-walk!

Keep it up FA!

2/27/2006 09:29:00 PM  
Blogger Fallen' Angel said...

JB, check out my post on Who I've Fallen For. I obscured his face on purpose, but I assure you, that's no flyboy! *LOL*

2/28/2006 08:51:00 AM  

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