Paine's words, heard now as dim historic echo of a time where heroes walked and ordinary men and women made extraordinary sacrifices, ring true in our day. Those that "stand it now" do deserve our love and thanks. With the news that our local National Guard unit will be mobilized again the personal imprint of this trying time is once again felt intimately and the need to express support and gratitude is renewed.
Even though this post is partly motivated by our local news I am reminded that this a national issue. Note the following statistics...
National Guard (Federal
· Army National Guard and Army Reserve: 74,588
· Navy Reserve: 5,328
· Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve: 6,982
· Marine Corps Reserve: 8,773
· Coast Guard Reserve: 343
Total National Guard and Reserve
Regardless of your views on the war it is important to remember that every man and woman currently serving in our armed forces volunteered for this duty.
Some simple suggestions...
- Red Shirt Friday. Wear your red shirt as a show of solidarity and support. (I've been doing this for several months now.)
- Tie one on, a yellow ribbon that is. Put one on your door, or on your car antenna, or on your lapel. (I will have this in place today.)
- Learn the "Thank You" sign and pass it along anytime you see any of our military personnel. If they don't know it already they will learn quickly as they see it over and over again. You can check out a brief video on this one at The Gratitude campaign.