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The thing about this war is that the only people really doing any
type of sacrifice are the men and women fighting over in Iraq &
Afghanistan, as well as their families back home in the United States
and the U.K.
Sure we sit here all safe and sound here in the suburbs with our "Support the Troops"
bumper stickers on our cars, and shake our heads in disgust as we
listen to the radio as we listen to the latest death toll of soldiers.
Those of us who are "old school" enough to still read a newspaper
are among the few who get to actually see the faces of these young
Americans, hear their stories and witness the impact and reverberations
their death has had on both their family and community.
These young adults, and make no mistake many of them are really just
kids, are risking their lives for a cause they may or may not believe
in. But duty always comes first. For a solider, political opinions come
second or third on the list. Personal safety and family back home rank
much higher on the list of things to worry about.
For the most part the people fighting this war are invisible. We
don't see their caskets on the evening news, most of us don't know
anyone fighting in the war. Our community had a care package program
for soldiers. I went to drop off my donations and expected to see the
bins overflowing with razors, chewing gum, soap and other necessities.
I looked into the bottom of the bin and saw only one small bag with a
couple bars of soap in it. It seems that even the support for the
troops is invisible.
This is not right.
Veterans Day isn't about a great deal on a new car or a low APR on
a refrigerator, it's a day to honor veterans. You don't have to agree
with the war. You don't have to like the president. But we owe all veterans, past, present and future
the respect they have earned by putting their lives on the line.
This year get involved. Send a card. Make a donation to the USO.
Send the soldiers some books. If you live by a military hospital, then
go visit some wounded soldiers. It doesn't matter what you do, just as
long as you do something to let them know that they aren't invisible.
The workshop was created by Vicki Davis, a classroom teacher who has been recognized for her innovative use of Web 2.0 tools in the classroom and for her Cool Cat Teacher blog. Vicki is a talented and innovative teacher and I know that you will learn a lot from her workshop!