Thursday, June 25, 2015

God Bless America

Yesterday I watched American Sniper. It was one of the most gut-wrenching, eye-opening, tear-jerking movies I have ever seen. As someone who watches the news frequently I had semi-followed the trial regarding Chris Kyle and heard the powerful words of his wife Taya. My heart went out to this family who had seen their father narrowly survive four tours in Iraq only to have his life taken by a fellow veteran in the states. The movie ended and I sat there in awe; unable to say a word. My respect for the military, for what they go through, and their dedication to defending freedom greatly increased. I have always loved our military. Memorial Day, Veterans Day, D-Day, etc have always been days to remember those who have fallen and those who serve. I never could have imagined the pain and suffering these soldiers see. Our military sacrifices more than their lives for the cause of freedom. Every soldier who goes overseas makes sacrifices. That could be sacrifices of comfort and security or it could be sacrifices of sanity and innocence. These people see more than we can understand. They watch men, women, and children die. They watch their best friends fall next to them. They see suffering and hatred. Instead of walking away they continue on doing the duty that has been asked of them; doing it with a spirit of patriotism. I understand that not every soldier goes to war with these intentions and that not every war may seem to have good intentions. However, the large majority of those who recruit do so with a desire to serve their country. I do not always agree with what our military is doing. Despite that I support our troops. We as a nation must stand behind our troops through thick and thin. They deserve our support as they put their lives on the line for us. As a nation we have the duty to protect our nation from within while they serve outside. We must defend the constitution and participate in the political scene so that our military has a cause to fight for. Keep America the land of the free and the home of the brave. Remember. We are the guardians.

-Tatiana 

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