That’s a painting of my husband and I. He has been retired for over 10 years. He joined the USAF in 1980. He volunteered a few years after they ended the draft.
Back when there was a draft, just about everyone in America knew a soldier.
With the all volunteer force, I am surprised at how many people have never met a soldier. I am even more surprised by the number of people who don’t realize that we are at war.
Back in the day, just about everyone I knew wore POW and MIA bracelets. They sold for a few dollars and were imprinted with the name of either a prisoner of war or a soldier who was missing in action. The idea was to keep your bracelet on until the soldier came home.
Those bracelets reminded us that humans fight wars. Humans who have husbands, wives, children, mothers, fathers and neighbors. People with names and faces, people who live among us. Humans who are willing to sacrifice everything for the freedoms we often take for granted.
Thank you hardly seems adequate, we owe our military so much.
Maybe we should start wearing POW and MIA bracelets once again, to remind us…