Originally posted by susanmaz:
stop for a moment to remember the service men and women who have given their lives
Everytime I read this kind of post, first I note how different are things people say on the two sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
I mean, here in Italy many people think exactly the things you said: but just a few SAY it.
If you talk about "fatherland", "civil duty" and "public spirit" you'll find someone pointing you out as "fascist".
Reading your post, I did not only stop and remember all the service men and women.
This time I also stopped and thought over the fact that they weren't born to serve and neither to die for us.
They came into this life to live, just as you and I.
They were kids, and had parents, and had brothers and sisters, and maybe had a true lover.
Just the same as you and I.
Really, they were not different from us.
But ... this means that we're not different from them.
This means that everyone of us MUST act (the more the less) the way they did, whether you wear uniform or bermudas, whether you're in Iraq or in a park where a girl is raped, whether you're a fireman or simply a car driver approaching to an old lady waiting to cross the road. For them, YOU are the service man.
No one of us can say "I don't care, it's not my duty".
Should the one that "will come like a thief in the night" find us motionless, hands in our pockets, in front of someone needing help ?
No more service men will be needed.