Let Us Reserve The Word Hero For Those That Have Actually Earned It

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Let Us Reserve The Word Hero For Those That Have Actually Earned It

Veteran's Day 2012

Today is the day we celebrate our Veterans as true American heroes.  They have earned it with their service to our country.   Many have paid with their lives.   Many have lost a piece of themselves in service.   These people are the folks we should reserve the word hero for.     We mark November 11 as the day we officially thank these men and women for their service to the USA.  Veterans Day 2011 Tour of Duty Done Watercolor

The Good Times

Folks of my generation have seen it all OR rather, have seen some very strange times.      Many, if not most of us, had a parent or two in the Armed Services during WWII or the Korean Conflict.    In our young years, Veterans were honored and looked up too.   They were our role models.   They were our heroes.   Real heroes.   They earned the title and everyone knew it.    

and, The Bad Times

Then came the Vietnam war.    The draft was in full swing.   We watched and waited as numbers came up.    We saw our friends off to war and many of them come home in bags and sometimes worse.   The horror of it all was brought to us nightly, in color, on T.V. where the body count was dutifully announced.    

The country became deeply divided.  We saw and lived through and many even participated in war protests.    Friends and family fell on one side of the fence or another and most had very strong beliefs.    

We did not respect these Veterans as heroes.   For a fact, people yelled at and spit on folks in uniform.     It was a dark time.  We should never forget it.

and, Back to The Good Times

THANK GOD we have turned the corner again.    I don't know if it was the horror 911 that woke us up or what, but things have changed.    The United States has men and women in harms way in different parts of the world.    Once again we have a renewed respect for our men and women of the Armed Services. 

We have come full circle and appreciate and try to understand their sacrifice to this country.   We should never repeat the mistakes we made as a country and a people during the Vietnam Era in blaming the warriors for the war.  

And, as we thank these Veterans, as a nation, we owe it to them, the ones that stand tall for us, to protect their benefits and to take care of  them when they are in need of help.  

As we thank them for their service, let us remember to reserve the word hero for those that have actually earned it.   









Comments (9)

Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

Carol Ann, we have turned the corner again in how we view the military...there was so much change happening during the Vietnam era that the men and women who served got lost in the fray...love this post.

Nov 10, 2012 09:28 PM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

You are very right.  Seems like today everyone is a hero.  Just like giving a trophy to every kid on the baseball team, earned or not, yuck.

Nov 10, 2012 09:51 PM
Anita Clark
Coldwell Banker Access Realty ~ 478.960.8055 - Warner Robins, GA
Realtor - Homes for Sale in Warner Robins GA

Carol Ann: An incredibly good post that really drives home that "hero" should be a revered term, kept sacred and used for those truly deserving.  Our military deserve it.  Suggested.

Nov 10, 2012 10:33 PM
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

Nice post. Troops don't make policy, they enforce it. If we need to get mad at someone, spit on the politicians, but ALWAYS support our troops!


Nov 10, 2012 11:22 PM
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert
Cal, Excellent blog with a very good account of what has happened to the Vets in this country. Vietnam Nam was horrible and our returning Vets were never treated properly. I believe most folks these support our Vets or at least I hope so. I will suggest.. Have an excellent Veteran's Day and thank you again for your service.
Nov 10, 2012 11:56 PM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Ginny.   I know.  Thanks.


Hi Chris and Dick.  I hope we get over that one soon! 


Hi Anita.  Thanks.   Kind of a pet peeve.   Using the word hero for sports figures and such just dilutes it. 


Hi Doug.    Exactly!


Hi Bob.  It was a tough time.   I think we have learned from it... I hope.   Thank you.

Nov 11, 2012 02:00 AM
Christine O'Shea
Christine E O'Shea Broker - Naples, FL

Carol Ann, I agree and just commented on another's post that we all seem more patriotic and respectful of our Veterans!

Nov 11, 2012 08:40 AM
Charles Stallions
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pensacola, FL
800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl.

That does bring back memories, an uncle came back from Vietnam with a steel plate in his head and he said he didn't ask to go, he was drafted to go and had no choice. As he and many got off buses they ridiculed, laughed and as you said spat on. He committed suicide 13 days after coming back. Yea your right I will never forget.

Nov 11, 2012 09:47 AM
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Christine.    I agree.   Thanks.


Hi Charles.  I am so sorry for your loss.    I read your comment and just wanted to cry.     We will not forget.

Nov 11, 2012 08:54 PM

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