Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Respecting the Respected: Happy Independence Day!

HAPPY 4th of JULY!

Written By: Ooh La La (Danielle Marie) & VaVa Voom (Katrina)

          Ladies, why do we quiver with delight when we see a man in uniform?  Some of us actually become giddy as a school girl and start to blush!  Why, because men in uniform are real men, our knights in shining armor.  These men are real men and they deserve real women.  Don’t you wonder if a course on “How to be a Gentleman” is taught at boot camp or military school?  Soldiers are physically put together, they never fail to hold doors or look you in the eye.  Of course there are some bad apples, but most of the time they are just plain....hunks!  When you see a soldier in uniform, man or woman, young or old, thank them for the service. Forget the politics and battles, these are our Americans who fight to protect us.  They deserve respect!


          A Quote to Toast: “America's veterans embody the ideals upon which America was founded more than 229 years ago.” ~Steve Buyer

            How frequently do we go about our daily lives listening to the latest news but give little thought to the men and women offering themselves in the service of our county?  Not only should we remember our soldiers and their unselfish sacrifices for our freedom, but we as civilians need to show them respect.  These men and women are the true unsung heroes of our country.

·         When you meet a soldier in a public place, if it is an appropriate time, make an effort to thank them for their service.  Show courteous respect for their unselfish and heroic acts.

·         Attending services in honor of our service men and women is another way to show pride and appreciation.  There are many ceremonies in honor of our military on Armed Forces Day, Veteran’s Day and the Fourth of July.  Take the opportunity to participate in these parades, outdoor wreath presentations and speeches or military concerts.

·         Be an active and responsible American citizen.  Your right to vote is a serious responsibility, do not take it lightly.  Our leaders directly affect our military personnel.

·         Know your history and teach it to your children.  We shouldn’t be ignorant to major historical and currents events of our nation.  Honor the men and women who have died for our freedom by understanding what they fight for, starting with the founding of our country to present day foreign affairs.

            We can all contribute and honor our soldiers in different ways.  With the current conflicts, we have many returning soldiers in need of jobs, housing, relationship connections, schooling and treatments.  Become involved by volunteering at a veteran hospital, visit the ill soldiers, aid the staff or help in the healthcare area.  Out of respect, we must go out of our way to thank and support those who have put themselves in the line of fire to protect our freedoms for love of their country and their fellow-countrymen.

            A Quote to Toast:  “We can't all be Washingtons, but we can all be patriots.”                                                        ~Charles F. Browne

            Everyone deserves respect, especially the elderly, political officials, (no matter how much you disagree with them) clergyman, religious persons, law enforcement and educators.... You know what? Show everyone your respect!  It is a known fact that if you treat people with respect, you will receive it too.  And to those who disagree, well good luck being respected!  Muah!

"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent."  ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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