Today is Memorial Day in the US. Remember, it’s about more than searing some meat over a fire with your friends.
Some of us are veterans. Some of us came from families with a long military background. Some of us are the first and only ones in our families who have served. Some died in service and never made it to veteran status. Some of us have lost friends and family in service. I want to ask you to do several things.
- Don’t assume you know what a veteran looks like.
- Don’t assume a veteran is always male.
- Don’t assume you know why someone enlisted.
- Don’t assume all veterans served in the current ongoing wars.
- Don’t assume all veterans have been in combat.
- Don’t assume those of us who were not in combat are not “real veterans.”
- Don’t assume you know a veteran’s politics, their gender, or their sexuality.
- Don’t assume a veteran is pro-military.
- Don’t assume that, just because a vet isn’t in a wheelchair, they’re not disabled.
- Don’t assume all veterans are disabled.
- Don’t assume.
We come from all kinds of different backgrounds. We are of all ages and genders. We are of all colors and religions. The one thing we have in common is service to our country, for whatever reason we served. We are not heroes, nor are we villains. We are your fellow citizens, who gave up many of our own rights in an attempt to preserve yours, nothing more and nothing less.
Thank you. As you were. ;)