There are those who think they are heroes–simply for existing. And there are those who play heroes in the movies. And there are those who watch those who play heroes on TV.
And then there are the real life heroes – those who are on the real battlefield, sacrificing everything they have to defend our God-given liberties. Not only are they on the frontlines fighting our enemies… these men and women actually do so with such great humility.
As Americans, it’s often easy for us to get distracted with the mundane and forget exactly what our soldiers endure to preserve our precious freedoms. Because they are usually restraining the “bad guys” over in foreign lands, it’s easy for us to take our brave warriors for granted here in the states. We can’t seem to help it- it’s our human “out of sight, out of mind” mentality.
While many of us are curled up on our cozy little couches, enjoying all of our nice comforts (and there’s nothing wrong with that), our troops have volunteered to be in harm’s way, thousands of miles away from their loved ones, carrying 200-pound back backs across rough terrain. They are exposed to the harshest weather conditions and endure atrocities most of us can’t even begin to comprehend. If you ask any of them, they will tell you that war is certainly no picnic. That’s why their homecoming is so incredibly sweet for them and for their families.
This past Sunday, I had the privilege of attending a homecoming ceremony at Fort Campbell, KY for soldiers returning home after eight long grueling months in Afghanistan (one of them happened to be my nephew, by the way). And I can tell you that this homecoming was an experience that I will never get over as long as I live:
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