Today, on this beautiful Veterans Day, I would simply like to salute all of the veterans of the United States Armed Forces. It is not an easy job to be a soldier nor is it necessary for anyone in this country to voluntarily pick up the mantle of the soldier, but these men and women have bravely chosen to serve and protect the people and interests of this country. Veterans Day is the day we use to honor our service men and women, and while I have never considered joining the military, I have a great respect for everyone who is willing to go through the strenuous routine of a soldier in the name of their country. This day was made to recognize the veteran, but I think this country really needs to do more to show the appreciation we have for vet. I am not going to go as far as saying every veteran should get a free home, but I do believe the treatment we show vets on this day should be a standard in order for these brave individuals to fully understand the gratitude this country has towards them, and to thank them for their sacrifices for the freedoms we enjoy.
Memorial Day is a federal holiday dedicated to remembering those who died while fighting for their country. Many people see this day as a time to take a vacation or a time for barbecues, and while it is fine to have a day off from work, I believe everyone should take a second to think about the soldiers who fought for this country. Since World War 1 there has been over 600,000 U.S. Military deaths, and with the current conflicts going on worldwide that number is slowly rising. It is terrible that so many young men and women are dying everyday to defend their country, but that seems to be the sad price for freedom. I don’t like the idea of war but I am not a pacifist, I understand that in order for there to be peace, there must be a struggle. I hope this country can live peaceably within itself in order to honor the lives of those who fought to preserve it, and use today as an example that we have not forgot the bravery of those fallen troops.