Today is a wonderful day to spend with family and friends, eat lots of food and get lots of new things. But we should also remember the people who can’t be with their family and friends, who get their normal rations and have the threat of losing something more than stuff on every day, not just Christmas. Our soldiers overseas are in the line of fire all day every day. As my family was getting ready to start opening presents this morning the news anchor started talking about how there had been a bombing on a US embassy in the Middle East and we immediately turned the TV off so it wouldn’t ruin our happy Christmas mood.
While pretty much everybody on the country would understand and probably do the same thing, it’s still kind of eye opening to really think about. There are men and women over there having to clean up after a bombing, picking through the destruction, possibly even having to find and identify bodies while we were opening presents and judging whether they were good enough for us or not.
So whether you agree with the war or not, whether you support the president or not, Republican or Democrat, passivist or fighter, Army brat or typical suburb child, we should all support the troops who are risking their lives every day. They don’t care if you support the war or not, or your views on the president and his choices. They are fighting for our freedoms and they deserve our support, no matter what, no matter where.