In life many people never look up. They just look straight ahead or look down. I find it’s always good to look up. Enjoy the sun and moon, the sky, clouds, the sunset, moon set, sunrise and moon rise. And every Summer, living here in Seattle, it’s good to look up and see the Blue Angels that fly over every Seafair festival.
Happy Veteran’s Day to all my brothers and sisters in arms! We had a wonderful ceremony at the high school where I teach. The staff and students put on an amazing and respectful assembly. I felt so honored to be a part of it. So many students that day came up to me in classrooms and in the hall to shake my hand and thank me for my service. I also reminded them to not forget those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
As I enjoy this day off from school and work, I went golfing and was welcomed by some late Autumn sunshine. It was very peaceful and it gave me time to reflect on my time I spent in the Air Force. I got to meet and work with many great people, travel all over Europe, and has incredible experiences that made me a better person and which I will never forget. I am so glad I made the choice to join those many years ago!
Having served in the military as a Peacekeeper, stationed in Europe, guarding against terrorism, and protecting our country and our allies during the war with Iraq, I have helped to preserve many freedoms. One of the freedoms is to live in peace and to not be attacked. We are protected in this country against attack by the military that I served. But many countries are unprotected.
One such country that was largely unprotected during a recent attack is Georgia, near Russia. This country was subject to rape, pillage and murder. As much as this sounds like a Viking invasion or a medieval slaughter, it’s shocking to know that it happened not many years ago, in this century! And those who perpetrated such horrible crimes were never punished. How can this happen today, in our society, our culture, our technologically advanced world? It does. And we are no better than invading Viking hoards or murdering medieval slaughter parties! We need to more concerned with preserving freedom all over the world and not let politics get in the way of protecting innocent people.
Words and photo copyright 2013 by Eddie Edwards.
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