Today is Memorial Day in the United States and I would like to say a few things.
First, don't let your belief's about the current wars we engaged in upstage your reverence of what this day is about. This is a day to remember and thank all men and women who served throughout the short history of our country. This is not the day to spit in a veteran's face and call him baby killer. The truth is no matter what a ideology is behind a war, when Uncle Sam called people responded. Yes you had many people get drafted into horrible situations like Vietnam, but you also had many that volunteered. I can't speak for everyone but there are many different calls to the service. There is patriotism, down on your luck, those that just get suckered, and those like me who were just bored and not doing anything else. The thing that I have found in this organization is somewhat hopeful for the future of America.
In every place I've been in with the Army it has been this purely random group of people from all walks of life thrown together and told to work together. The thing is all these people from different background and different beliefs have been put in the situation, over looked the prejudices and worked together. You'll always have people who didn't get along 100%, but when it came down to it, they could still work together when they had to.
While there are black eyes on the Military with all it's scandals, the overall achievement is that no matter the call, there will always be people ready to go, and lay down in defense of Freedom.