Sometimes I think we spend a lot of time talking and arguing about unimportant things. Articles like this one remind me why I think that.
Lest we forget, we have men and women in harm’s way. Less than 1% of Americans serve in the military during this time of war. The least we can do is remember that they are fighting, and dying, in our service.
Before he addressed the crowd that had assembled in the St. Louis Hyatt Regency ballroom last November, Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly had one request. “Please don’t mention my son,” he asked the Marine Corps officer introducing him.
Without once referring to his son’s death, the general delivered a passionate and at times angry speech about the military’s sacrifices and its troops’ growing sense of isolation from society.
“Their struggle is your struggle,” he told the ballroom crowd of former Marines and local business people. “If anyone thinks you can somehow thank them for their service, and not support the cause for which they fight – our country – these people are lying to themselves. . . . More important, they are slighting our warriors and mocking their commitment to this nation.”
Kelly watched from across the room. “They are kids,” he whispered. “Look at them. They are just kids.”
There is much more to this article about the general’s son and how he died in Afghanistan. It’s happening still, 10 years after the war started, to many families.
Keep them in your prayers.