Since the start of our country, over 2,800,000 soldiers have died in battle. In the time when we needed them most, they were there. They did what their country asked of them. They did it proudly and with honor. This essay is honoring them.
Soldiers and veterans are all around us. They are husbands, fathers, wives and mothers. They are sons and daughters, nephews and nieces. Sadly of all, some are expecting fathers, some of whom will not get to see their newborn child. They are P.O.W.’s- prisoners of war. Most of all they are or friends. All of these people have gone through thousands of hours of marching and physical training. Some go days without sleep, and weeks without a shower. They walk for miles with heavy equipment in over 100 degree heat. They sleep on the ground and go to the bathroom in holes they dig in the ground. This is not why they are soldiers. They are soldiers because they do these things without one bit of complaining. They know it’s the job they signed up for. They do it with pride and with courage.
Soldiers and veterans do more that defend our country and freedom. They give others a better way of life. They do this by giving them food, water, clothes and medical aid. They help other countries by giving them the same things we have like voting and a president. We should honor our soldiers and veterans because they defend our way of life. Most of them get paid less then our parents. They spend months away from their families. Some don’t make it back to their family. We should honor them by saying thank you. We should thank them by saying the pledge of allegiance loudly. Every time we see a flag waving freely, we should take a second to remember those who gave their life for that flag.