‘’Why Should We Honor and Respect our Veterans?’’

There is a myriad of reasons why we should give our veterans respect and honor. A better question is, ‘’Why shouldn’t we respect and honor our veterans?’’ They are the ones who give so we don’t have to. Veterans are always ready to protect our great nation, it’s people and the democracy for which the United States of America stands. It is a great honor to serve so they should be the most revered and respected members of our society.  

As stated by the National Anthem of the United States, the Star-Spangled Banner, we are the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave, however, it could be more correctly stated that this is the Land of the Free Because of the Brave. Their bravery and valiance through service, not only at home but abroad, as well as their deeds in war  ensure we can live in peace back home. Our soldiers, sailors and airmen are always on alert to stand ready ‘’against all tyrants,’’ much like our Founding Fathers intended when they stated so in the Constitution. These brave men and women arise every morning, ready to serve, and to give their all so we do not have to. They sacrifice so much, such as time with their families, a piece of their mental state because of training and Post-Traumatic Stress disorder, and sometimes even their lives, the ultimate sacrifice, so that we at home and our democracy can live.  

There is no greater honor than service to ones country. To bear the burden of such an honor, they must have a superior sense of will, consciousness, and character that not all people possess, therefore making them superior from many civillians. To be a veteran is to be a cut above the rest. Of the 243 years since the founding of our nation, 225 of them have been at war. Of these countless conflicts, each time the members of the United States military have steadfastly stood against America’s enemies. 

No matter where they came from, the branch they served in, specialty or rank, our veterans are worthy of and due our respect. We should honor them, much unlike the past, from the Great War to Vietnam and even today where many show a tremendous lack of respect for those that served them. From 1932 when the U.S Government violently suppressed a group of World War 1 veterans, who simply asked them for what they were owed, to Vietnam where civilians would protest the war and wait for them to come home at the airports to harass them, up to today where people flat out disrespect them, our nation has a sad history of mistreatment towards our veterans. Though we cannot rewrite history, we can now make an effort to right the wrongs of the past by honoring and respecting our veterans. We did not always used to, so we owe them that now, they deserve it. 

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