Why is the Veteran important? A first reaction might be, “who would ask such a thing? Of course, Veterans are important! But, have you ever given thought to why this is so? It’s a citizenship issue, so let’s talk about it.
I first heard of this subject when it became the VFW’s Voice of Democracy topic for their annual high school scholarship competition this year. Getting teens to think about a subject like this today is difficult. However, you would be surprised how many students admire their grandparents’ service to our country and aspire to be like them in word, deed, and character.
Veterans Are Heroes
For one thing, veterans are considered heroes, not only by family but by Americans who appreciate fellow citizens with strength and courage that seems to come from beyond themselves. They seemingly bring stories and adventures of Marvel superheroes to life, that is if you can get the humble Veteran to open up and talk about them. Veterans possess humility uncharacteristic in our society, where getting the most attention on social media is the admired attribute. A veteran’s humility goes contrary to that standard. https://civicsandcitizenship.org/patriotism-defined/
Moreover, veterans faithfully served our country, expecting nothing in return. They play down their success and hold memories close to their hearts. They remember, first and foremost, never leave a fellow warrior behind. And they did all they could to keep that oath. This is otherworldly, as we witness the way of countries that leave fellow soldiers for dead.
Veterans Serve as Selfless Examples
Given these points, the Veteran is important because we need examples of selfless service to propel us to higher goals. These incredible human beings have inspiring stories to share in an era where real heroes are seldom acknowledged. They can help us put the trivial into perspective.
If you have a favorite veteran’s adventure, please tell us in 2 or 3 sentences who they are and what they mean to you.
And thank you to all our veterans!
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