I was totally going to do a cop-out post and link to last year's Veterans Day post, until I went to last year's post and realized that that was exactly what I did last year, because I was on a verbal rampage about the idiots in our state who voted out all our judges because they were told they should because of the gay marriage ruling. I don't know. So if you're interested, here's the much-recycled Veterans Day post from two years ago.
I guess I could write something new, but it would probably sound about the same, and I've found myself with a sizeable stack of things that need written/finished, recipes that need tried, design favors that need completed, and, well, a Harry Potter finale movie that needs to be watched. (Also, an apartment that needs cleaned and a car whose oil needs changed, but those sound like delightful post-part time job Saturday activities to me.)
Seriously, though. I have a ton of respect for the guys and gals who protect our freedoms and our rights. Even if those rights entitle some of us to be godawful stupid. That's their prerogative, just as it's mine to call them out on it.
And, quite frankly, my freedom to write my nonsense opinion and spew it out into the Internet without fear of censorship or punishment. Freedom to write, period. I can't imagine life any other way and I am incredibly grateful for it.
If I were feeling more eloquent today, I would do a better post than this. Our soldiers - past, present, and future - deserve a better post than this. But I'd rather post a poorly written post than no post at all, because that wouldn't be right.
Just like it's really not right that these people only get one day of the year to be recognized. They sacrifice more than we ever know.
PS - oh, yeah. 11/11/11!!!!!1!!! Or something. It's cool, I guess. But it's not like we didn't know it was coming. So many people today were all "omg! this is so neat!" Yeah. It's been on the calendar a while. I've kind of gotten over it. Meh.