Could you imagine, our country, in shambles, unable to recover from the wars that have preceded? This great country, left defenseless as we wait in fear, wondering what could possibly happen next. What language would we speak? Would we be forced to practice a certain religion, or none at all? Would we be able to choose our government leaders? How would our country be different today, if there was nobody to protect us all of those years?
This is what our daily lives would consist of if our country lacked veterans. If those brave souls had never stepped up to defend our country's honor, most of us might not be here today. There would be nobody to protect us from terrorist attacks, air raids, and other homicidal acts.
It has become too easy to just sit back and take for granted that these heroic people risked their lives. Many even lost their lives in battles to ensure our country's safety and our individual freedom. Therefore, it is critical that we show our utmost respect and appreciation for those veterans.
We honor veterans with national holidays such as Veteran's Day and Memorial Day. Many people get these days off of work and parades are held to remind us of the sacrifices they made in order to keep America free. It is also tradition to place wreaths on the graves of those who have passed.
In addition, there are other ways that we can, and should, honor veterans in everyday life. This includes thanking veterans who we personally know, as well as those we may meet along the way. We can also show our appreciation by donating to charities that benefit veterans, and by visiting them when they are hospitalized. Even flying the flag can lift the hearts of veterans as we show we are proud of our country and of them.
Veterans are the lifeblood that ties together our past, our present, and our future. We owe them our lives. Therefore, we should show them the complete respect, honor, and admiration that they deserve.
This is the third in a series of four essays by Waukesha Catholic students about veterans. These four students had the opportunity to place a wreath at The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during Waukesha Catholic’s inaugural 8th grade trip to Washington, D.C.