Honoring the Individuals Who Made Possible Veterans Day 2012

As an individual with a lifelong appreciation of military history, I’m not drawn to the tactics and strategies, but rather to the personal stories from individuals.  I’m fascinated by trench-level accounts of ground objectives assailed and taken, stories of running battles fought at 25,000 feet and 300 miles per hour, and tales of naval engagements where the enemy was pounded by and returned fire from beyond normal human line of sight.  The ingenuity and amazing engineering that goes into the hardware of warfare is a source of wonder, even though the end purpose is domination or defense by terrible and violent means.  

But it always comes back to the individual soldier, the man who puts his life and whatever grit and determination he will ever possess into the hands of his country, for the good of his family and nation.  It comes back to the man who sits in his hooch, foxhole, AFV or on the flight line, eating whatever rations he has, regardless of the weather and other lack of creature comforts.  It comes back to the sleep deprivation of combat, the ceaseless vigilance so essential for survival, the situational awareness and rapid response to both threats and opportunities that determine the outcome of skirmishes, battles and the overall conflict.  I am and will always be enamored of the men who choose to stand and defend that which is precious to them, no matter the cost.  Veterans Day is never a celebration of war, but rather of warriors.  

Many of those reading this are the men I speak about.  You have made that choice, submitted to the rigorous discipline and training, and then taken that preparation and determination into harm’s way – willingly.  You have answered the call and served with distinction.  And you have been good enough to share some of your story with me, so that I, in turn, can share it with others who need to understand the personal price of liberty. 

I’m very honored to share with them also the caliber of men and women who have risen to that call.  Your stories and sacrifices should never be forgotten, nor the sacrifices of those who came before.  It is a collective national treasure. 

Veterans’ Day is an all-encompassing term, but we must be certain to honor each individual whose service grants this solemn holiday its meaning.  

May God bless, restore and prosper each of you.  Be honored today and every day.

Image: Doughboy statue Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania; author Canadian2006; Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

About the author: Nathan Clark

Nathan Clark is a conservative commentator who resides with his wife in New Hampshire. He is passionate about preserving the vision of our nation's Founders and advancing those tried and true principles deep into America's future. His interests range broadly from flyfishing, cooking and shooting to pro sports, gardening, live music and fine-scale modeling.

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  • WAP1102

    Right on Nathan!

    I just finished watching 15 episodes of “Band of Brothers.” It’s an incredibly real documentary about “Easy Company” — an airborne division in WW-II. If any ClashDaily readers haven’t seen it, they should consider buying the videos and sharing them with family and friends. Frankly, it should be shown in every history class.

  • Abby

    Thank you for your tribute to the veterans!

  • 2War Abn Vet

    I
    appreciate the thought, but it seems everything we, and our ancestors, fought
    to win and preserve has been tossed away in exchange for the delusion of
    “free stuff”.

  • RacerJim

    Thank you Mr. Clark, for caring enough about we Veterans to write and submit the article you did. :-) Sadly, in my humble opinion, appreciative Americans like yourself are becoming fewer and less visable in public everday…becoming more outnumbered and more overshadowed in public everyday by liberal/progressive apologetic “Americans”.

    The latter was the case this past Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Park in Rockville MD, during which the guest speaker, a Vietnam Veteran, without recognizing local officials and Veterans in attendence, spoke for about 20-minutes about the “Costs of War” — the costs America inflicts on other countries via illegal wars in furtherance of nation building. Not one word about Veterans. Turns out he is the Vice-President of the local chapter of “Veterans For Peace” — the web-site of which is nothing but anti-military garbage.
    Again, thank you for caring.
    SP5 U.S. Army 1964-1968
    Vietnam Veteran

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