I honor every single man and woman who has and continues to serve for their countries.
They, each of them, are heroes for all of us.
Too often they give the greatest commodity there is to give “their lives”. In the world where the rate of exchange (the value for something) is predicated on a monetary value there must be a falseness to this value. In truth there is nothing that has a greater value than life itself! Nothing even comes close!
I do believe in peace. I think most everyone does. And most of us have strong opinions on this.
But none of these beliefs should take away or diminish the fact that all those who serve “on our countries behalf” (on our behalf) in times of conflict and war can be considered nothing short of heroes…
…Because they are.
Many pay the ultimate price and should be honored accordingly. They are average people just like you or I doing an amazingly not average thing. Protecting our way of life. Today is a special day of remembering those who have fallen.
War is a sadness because it always diminishes the most important thing on this planet – Life and it’s pure value! All life, the innocent and those who defend and protect them and those left behind to pick up the pieces and carry on.
Imagine, if you will, someone coming to this planet who knows only love and then is introduced to War and the effects and aftermath. Imagine that this person believed that life is the greatest commodity and that love of all life is the most precious thing there is. This video (from the movie 5th Element) is a short 55 seconds of how a person such as this would react.
War a sadness, loss of life a sadness.
Honoring those who give their lives for what they believe in, who protect and defend is important, right and just.
In this case – Love of those who gave/give their lives for us – is as important as Love of Life itself!
And that is a sadness for all of us!
~ Penny L Howe, 2012