The Soldier: – By Charles M. Province
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.
If you can read this message thank a teacher,
If you are reading it in English of your own free will THANK A SOLDIER!
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves under the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.
To all the brave men and women who have dedicated or given their lives
to protecting this country and it’s freedoms:
Do more than just remember today –
- Thank a Soldier – an opportunity to be a blessing . Here’s how it works ….!! Each week, via email, you’ll receive the name and address of an active duty military man or woman now serving in Iraq, Afghanistan or — in the case of the Navy — on the high seas in support of the men and women on the ground. (Addresses courtesy of: http://www.thankyousoldier.com) Simply send a note or postcard to the address you receive ..! That’s all … one card or note of appreciation each week.
- How about: Any Soldier or Marine? – You select one or more Soldiers from the Where to Send page. You will notice the Soldier’s address includes the line, “ATTN: Any Soldier”. The Soldiers are volunteers for this effort, they will see the “Attn” line, and will put your letters and packages into the hands of Soldiers who don’t get much or any mail. This effort is 110% voluntary.
- Letters to Soldiers – With the help of volunteers across the US and the world who write letters, make cards and banners and hand made items to send our brave and selfless deployed military men and women, we hope to show them that we have not forgotten their great sacrifices for us by shipping special care packages to them. We also collect support from the community for their families while they hold down the fort at home.
- and Let’s Say Thanks! – The mission of Let’s Say Thanks is to provide a way for individuals across the country to recognize U.S. troops stationed overseas. By submitting a message through this site you have the opportunity to send a free personalized postcard greeting to deployed servicemen and women. The postcards, depicting patriotic scenes and hometown images, were selected from a pool of entries from children across the country.
- Memorial Day (lowercaseliving.wordpress.com)
- Soldier’s Prayer (azdesertdeni.wordpress.com)
- Honoring Memorial Day by instilling Patriotism in our children (trainingupmyboys.wordpress.com)