Tribute to American Veteran

Our highest patriotism on this Veterans’ Day, 2017 is to honor, respect, remember the memory of those who serve in the uniform of our country and have preserved our nation’s way of life for 240 years. Their military service has had a profound effect on our nation’s history.

It is this special debt that we owe the American Veteran, past and present, that compels me to humbly dedicate this tribute to my fellow veterans that have experienced the realities of the battlefield. “The acrid odor of decaying and rotting flesh combined with the smells of vomit, blood, gunpowder and napalm, the gut-wretching of the severly wounded men and the “loneliness” of the long night waiting for the first signs of dawn. A brief reality of the combat veteran... America’s finest.

The American Soldier, I regard him as one of the world’s noblest figures, not only as one of the finest military characters, but also, as one of the most stainless. His name and fame are the birthright of every American citizen. In his youth and strength, his love and loyalty he gave... all that mortality can give. He needs no eulogy from me or from any other man. He has written his own history and written in the red on his enemy’s breast.

 

He above all other men is required to practice the greatest act of religious training - sacrifice. In battle and in the face of danger and death, he discloses those divine attributes which his maker gave when he created man in His own image.

However horrible the incidents of war may be, the soldier, who is called upon to offer and give his life for his country is the noblest development of mankind. The most divine of all human sentiments and impulses guided them, the spirit and willingness to sacrifice.

I would remiss if I didn’t mention and honor a special group fo veterans that have faded from our midst, during most observances honoring our nation’s veterans. They are our prisoners of war and thos missing in action (POW/MIAs). The most shocking saga of the century is the deceit and betrayal of America’s POW/MIAs by our government since World War I. It is a national disgrace that despite credible evidence of their existence, they have been left behind and forgotten. For some, their war is not over.

The Apostle John said in John 15:13, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” These words describe what our veterans have done for their country time and time again in our nation’s history.

We simply cannot allow ourselves as a society to take for granted the bravery of our soldiers. If we allow their courage to go unappreciated, then we truly have committed a regrettable act of sacrilege.

As a proud advocate of the American Veteran’s Legacy, I am honored to be considered in the same light as these brave and selfless heroes. To share even a small part of their heroic lineage is simply the greatest honor I will ever know as a soldier.

Let’s keep Veteran’s Day in perspective and honor, respect and remember our veterans, their families and loved ones in our prayers and remember the sweet memories always.

Truly, the American Veteran exemplifies those three hollowed words echoed by General fo the Army Douglas MacArthur: Duty-Honor-Country

 

God Bless,

Luis Vargas, 

U.S. Army (Ret.)

Vietnam Veteran