Thanking our REAL Warriors

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Every Sunday, we cheer on our favorite football team as they play hard to try and win a championship for their city. However, too many times we relate what they do to what our military is doing and has done. We use words like “fight”, “battle”, “trenches” to describe what they are doing. We talk about players as if they are “warriors” and “hero’s”.

But they are not. Yes, they do put their body through a lot for our entertainment and they work hard to be the best they can be… but they will never be our hero’s.

My hero is my Dad. My Dad served our country in the US Coast Guard during Vietnam. He spent his time patrolling the river in the jungles. He took time away from his family to battle for our country, to make this a safer place to live. He is a true warrior and he will forever be my hero.

Today, as we thank all those who have fought and are fighting to keep us safe, let’s keep the words we use to describe our favorite football players in perspective. We enjoy watching them compete, but they will never compare with those who put their lives on the line for you and for me.

 

THANK YOU VETERANS!

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Joe Polek was born in Baltimore, MD, and was raised in Bel Air, MD. In 2001, he moved to Portland, Maine for a job in radio. In 2012, he moved to Columbia, SC for another gig in radio, where he currently resides with his wife, Nicole, and their two daughters....more

4 Raves on “Thanking our REAL Warriors

  1. AF Msgt on said:

    I am a 23 year veteran with the U.S. Air Force and was attached with the 101st Airborne in Vietnam in 1967-68 . When I returned home from Nam there were no flags waving, no thank you’s and no honor bestowed on me. I even was called a baby killer by some anti- war protesters, so it has warmed my heart to be thanked after all these years. It also makes me happy to see the veterans of the last two conflicts being honored as the return home as the heroes they are.

  2. Dee Polek on said:

    Last night, Buzz and I went to Appleby’s for dinner. We sat at the bar since the wait for a table was 30-40 minutes. At the bar, sat four other men (one with a wife). They all had Vietnam Vet hats on. As we sat there, a few more Vietnam Veterans joined us at the bar. Appleby’s had a special menu made just for the vets and they got their dinner FREE. As I looked around at the men’s faces, I saw a shyness in their eyes. They were all men not accustomed to sharing their stories or even letting on that they served in Vietnam. But now 50 +/- years later, they are being thanked along with all the other brave people who have stood up for our freedoms. Thank you to all who have sacrificed for us.

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