In his 2008 Thanksgiving proclamation, the President of the United States said this:
Today, as we look back on the beginnings of our democracy, Americans recall that we live in a land of many blessings where every person has the right to live, work, and worship in freedom. Our Nation is especially thankful for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who protect these rights while setting aside their own comfort and safety. Their courage keeps us free, their sacrifice makes us grateful, and their character makes us proud. Especially during the holidays, our whole country keeps them and their families in our thoughts and prayers.
It’s almost as if President Bush reads my on-line articles. I use that same “comfort and safety” line to describe the Soldier’s sacrifice on behalf of others (but perhaps I didn’t invent it).
In my journeys around the web looking for what people of other faiths had to say about Thanksgiving, I found this from an atheist writer:
Giving Thanks to Soldiers and Veterans – Also commonly forgotten are the sacrifices made by those in our military. Even those who never fight in any wars still sacrifice several years of their lives in order to be a part of an organization which helps keep America free. The government has too often misused the American military, but disagreements about policies should not cause people to forget what our military personnel have done for us.
Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, Sailors, Coasties – The people of the United States remember you and give thanks for your service!
Here’s the logic behind that sentiment: the nation’s freedoms and blessings are a partly result of sacrifices made by those in uniform. Thanks, Troops!
So pat yourselves on the back. But don’t get a big head.