Honoring The Military In The Right Way

Have you noticed that when politicians want to do something but don’t know what to do---but they know they should do something to recognize something, they have a parade or raise a flag or name a day after them?

The President wants to have a Bastille Day type parade on the 4th of July, to pay tribute to them.  And although the President got the message right, he got the mechanism for the message all balled up.

Why do we need a parade?  Indeed Washington and New York can put on a parade along with the best in the world but is it really needed?  What would it really accomplish.

Instead, I would like to invite the President to instead sit down with a mom and her kids, whose husband is out on deployment out of Westover.  Or at Barnes or --you pick the base.  The stories are all about the same.  The soldier goes off to serve the country while his loved one is left at home fighting an even bigger battle, making ends meet while trying to make a life for a young family.

Showing off equipment does little except make photographers happy.  It does little to advance a cause.  It does nothing for the men and women who make the military work.

Instead of showing off the equipment Mr President how about showing off the loved ones left at home.  How about helping the parent left behind with a better wage or a better benefit?

Wouldn’t that show the appreciation more for the people we ask to sacrifice and their loved one’s then a parade and a burger on the 4th of July.

But that would take a lot of hard work and a fair amount of money to do.  Its easier to shoot off some fireworks and roll out a tank and call it a day…

That as families wonder whether loved ones will come home and how they will make it til the day they do.

(Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

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