Rick’s Reflection- 11/11/2018


Today is Veteran’s Day and we are so thankful for the men & women who have served our nation, keeping us free to worship and live in this blessed land. Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg. They have a toughness forged in the refinery of adversity. Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can’t tell a vet just by looking.

Eastview has a significant number of those Veterans and we want to recognize them today for their service. Please take some time to give a personal word of gratitude for their sacrifices on our behalf. Each time you see someone who has served our country, say, “Thank you.” That’s all most people need, and in most cases, it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded. Remember;

It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.

Let’s remember them on this Veteran’s Day.