I know that they serve not for medals or glory — but for a cause greater than themselves: I know that each little dangling piece of metal was paid for at great cost in blood and sacrifice. To all of those brave souls that protected — and continue to protect — this beacon of light and freedom that we call America, I say, simply:
To all of those brave souls that protected — and continue to protect — this beacon of light and freedom that we call America, I say, simply: Oh, how I wanted to don those uniforms and be at once a symbol of iron discipline and at the same time an image of fierce independent will. This current generation of veterans is doing the same. Sometimes it was even just an old picture in a book or painting of a combat veteran hanging on a wall. He was, to my young eyes, one of the oldest people I had ever seen in my life, and certainly older than I imagined a SEAL would be; this meant he was probably in his mids — likely a few years younger than I am now. I know a little more. Eventually, I got the callow wish for which I had hoped. Sometimes at a parade or some other kind of local event. I know that when our nation called, they answered. I wish I had a war to fight! He was wearing his navy working khaki uniform, which requires the ribbons that represent awarded decorations be worn above the left breast pocket, with the gold SEAL Trident insignia above the rows of ribbons. As required, I went to check in with him. I was beyond impressed. And to that, I am eternally grateful. Our executive officer was one of them. I am older now. Lastly, I had to meet with the leadership of the team, including the commanding officer, the executive officer, and the command master chief. Sometimes in a documentary or some kind of history special on television. Sometimes it would be a friend of my parents or grandparents that had served. And I know that veterans sacrifice immensely. I had to turn over my personnel record to the administration department. I know that they serve not for medals or glory — but for a cause greater than themselves: They fight on through the pain of loss and find new missions and continue to serve in our military or in the civilian sector. I had never seen so many awards on one man in my life. Generations of veterans have stepped up and held the line against evil in the world. He is so lucky to have done what he has done! I know that many of those awards came in combination with fallen comrades.
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