“For what?” you might ask.
Not ‘for what,’ but ‘for whom.’
How far are you willing to go for your fellow Americans?
When we think about laying it all on the line, most of us would say it’s easy to do when you think about your child, or your wife, or maybe even your beloved Golden Retriever that’s slowing down with hip dysplasia from years of chasing the kids upstairs.
But what about a complete stranger? Someone you’re unlikely to ever meet? Should it matter? Ask the heroes among us, and they answer with a resounding ‘YES.’. Those are the men and woman who enlist in one of our military branches of service and promise to defend our way of life…even those who hold different values, ideologies or faith, yet are bound together by one simple word: America.
And when you ask them, “How far are you willing to go?” They say, “All the way…even to death.”
That, friends, is laying it all on the line. That is what it means to answer the call to serve in our military.
When they sign up to serve, they agree to give it all, if needed.
Try to put yourself in the shoes of the young 20-year-old soldier, half a world away, who focuses on his mission, but his heart longs for home. He aches to return to the rolling plains of his home state. He can’t wait to play a pick-up game of basketball with his brother and his buddies when he gets back.
Why is he there?
The answer to that question could go on for days and would include words like honor, courage, and integrity.
But really it comes down to this – they answered the call.
He is willing to lay it all on the line because he loves his family, his friends, and his country.
And there are many like him. And today, we salute that uncommon kind of man and woman. And we remember those who paid the ultimate price.
Thank you for your service. You are not forgotten.
When we think of those who serve, we, at Operation Homefront, are honored to answer the call as well when we step in to help military families get through difficult times and help build strong, stable and secure military families. With the holiday season and colder weather, nearly upon us, our requests for assistance will increase. You can answer the call too. If you’d like to honor those who are deployed and their families, the ones who are willing to lay it all on the line, consider giving a gift today.