Today is the Day I Wish I Didn’t Have to Say “Thank You”

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Veterans Day.

Armistice Day.

Remembrance Day.

No matter what it is called, today is the day we are asked to thank Veterans for their service to our country. Today is a day to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives fighting for something  they believe in, in the name of god or country or Democracy or something else.

Is it wrong that I wish I didn’t have to say thank you?

I do thank them. I have met many wonderful men and women who have served in the military and showed me what that means to them. I have talked to many people who have lost friends, husbands, wives and parents to the cause.  I recognize that what they do takes  a form of courage that I do not have.

Yet still I wish I didn’t have to say thank you.

I wish we lived in a world where we did not need to sacrifice loved ones in the name of killing others. I wish we lived in a world where words, diplomacy, fairness and acceptance truly ruled, rather than guns and hatred. I wish I lived in a world where the military did not have to exist.

I wish I lived in a place where service to one’s country meant helping build better schools, giving people shelter, providing healthy food, taking care of the elderly and the sick, celebrating difference, and embracing discussion.

But I don’t.

So instead, today I must simply  say “Thank you.”

Let’s hope for a better future.

Young County Veterans Memorial

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Julia Munroe Martin
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 07:43:08

    Great post, Lisa. Me too!

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Nov 11, 2011 @ 07:44:36

      Julia, you must be the fastest reader on earth. My computer hadn’t even told me the post had posted when I got your comment. 😉

      Reply

  2. jfb57
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 07:50:05

    Beautifully put Lisa!

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  3. Kathryn McCullough
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 07:53:44

    What a powerful post, Lisa! And I couldn’t agree with you more. Hope you have a great weekend, my friend—————-
    Hugs,
    Kathy

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  4. nathan010
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 08:49:26

    Thank you for saying what we all think.

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  5. Tori Nelson
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 09:49:58

    I feel the same way. It’s strange to have so much gratitude for soldiers while wishing they didn’t have to be, well, soldiers.

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Nov 11, 2011 @ 13:33:30

      I also struggle because I have as much gratitude for people who don’t get a day set aside, like teachers or firemen or nurses.

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  6. Dana
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 16:37:20

    Very well put, Lisa. I couldn’t agree with you more.

    PS: I’ve been reading through older posts of yours through my e-mail, but I’m not able to comment on any of them for some reason? WordPress says the site has been removed…

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    • Lisa Wields Words
      Nov 11, 2011 @ 17:01:33

      Ah Dana, welcome to my stupidity. I changed my address the other day, little realizing it affects everything. I haven’t paid yet for the forwarding element. So, if there is an old post that you are burning to comment on, I would come to the page through a new post and then search for it there. I totally understand if that is too much of a hassle. My new address is lisawieldswords.wordpress.com

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  7. Crowing Crone Joss
    Nov 11, 2011 @ 19:56:57

    Yes, let’s! every day.

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  8. Rose
    Nov 12, 2011 @ 21:55:27

    Beautiful! And I too agree. I wish we could focus on other gratitudes like solving conflict via other means.

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  9. thepetalpusher
    Nov 13, 2011 @ 09:39:56

    Amen, Lisa.

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