They volunteered, they were drafted, they started a family tradition or carried one on. They left farms, small towns, big cities and high paying jobs. They are male and female, Sons and Daughters, Moms and Dads, Husbands and Wives. They leave with tears of sadness and come home with tears of joy.

Sometimes they come back covered with the American Flag, sometimes the Soldiers body never makes it home, but their souls live and wait for loved ones in the comfort of Heaven. Sometimes they come back without body parts and disfigured, suffering the rest of their days on earth in pain.

All times they serve because they are a special breed, they are Soldiers, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard. They do it for you and me, they do it so Americans can live in freedom, yes even those who protest against them live in the same freedom, “The United States of America.”

We shed tears when they die and we don’t even know who they are, but they didn’t know us either and died for us anyway. Husbands, Wives, and Children, carry on without them because they gave all to serve so we could sleep in peace and live without fear.

Do we think of them each day as we carry on our peaceful lives, as they live in conditions we could not imagine, as they pray to make it back to their love ones.

May God Bless each Soldier past, present, and future, along with their family who stands by them. God sees our heart, and we pray that He shows it to you as we sincerely thank the Veterans of the United States Armed Forces.

By James D Carter Sr.
(Covington, GA, USA)