Advocating on Behalf of the American Military and Defense on the War on Terror

 {Ed. Debbie Lee, mother of Marc Alan Lee, the first Navy Seal killed in the Iraq war, has written her story in observance of Veterans Day.}

Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
 
A 'war veteran' (from Latin vetus, meaning "old")[1] is a person who has or is working in the armed forces
 
Our Vets:    Heroes...............Defender's of Freedom..................Warriors........................Protectors
 
They are our sons, our daughters, our husbands, our wives, our Mother's and Father's. Their your neighbor, your teacher, your police officer, your Doctor, your nurse, your Pastor. They are young and old, tall and short, and from every ethnic background. They live in cities and rural communities, in the North, the South, the East, the West.
 
Some served one tour and others a lifetime. Some during times of peace yet others in the bloodiest battles of Germany, France, Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan, or other countries of turmoil. Many have sacrificed their limbs, their eyes, their future and many have sacrificed their lives. Yet they all seem to have a common thread of selfless valor that runs through their veins. They are true patriots who because they deeply love their country, their families and their freedoms that they courageously prepare for battle so if they are called to defend this nation that they so love they are ready.  
 
I visited Fort RoseCrans National Cemetery in San Diego yesterday and placed flowers and a flag on my sons grave. My Mighty Warrior, Marc Alan Lee, the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq 8-2-06. As I drove in the main gate they had 6 extra flags at the base of the huge flag pole. The wind was causing the flags to appear as though they were standing proudly at attention. As I sat on Marc's grave and processed through the different emotions of pride, of love, of emptiness I glanced up the hill through the rows and rows of marble headstones to the flags that were majestically flapping in the extreme wind. So many have given so much to make sure that those colors still fly boldly representing "One Nation under God," and the freedoms that we have in America. Freedoms we enjoy because of all of our Vets whether Sailor, Marines, Soldiers or Airmen, our Vets who deeply gave. 
 
I know the price of freedom and I understand the sacrifices that our troops have given. They have done that for me, for you, for this nation. They didn't do that for rewards or medals or recognition, but today please join me as our nation chooses to remember collectively and thank them and celebrate who they are and what they have selflessly given. I choose to do that every day because they are my HEROES and I am so grateful! 
 
In a last letter home, Marc challenges us to do random acts of kindness and I would ask you, in his memory, to honor our Vets today by picking up the check for their meal, coffee, groceries or whatever you can. Be as generous as you can. It's a small token of our appreciation for all they have sacrificed. These are my heroes and have given so much not expecting anything in return. Attend a parade, thank them, shake their hands, give them a hug from a grateful nation.
 
Don't forget those who are deployed. Send a care package, e-mail a card, check on their families. Please remember the families of the fallen who gave it all and share your gratitude and love with them. 
 
Thank you to everyone of you who has served or who is serving. You are my heroes and today I celebrate you and honor you for all you have sacrificed and given for me and my freedoms.
 
Celebrating Our Vets,
 
Debbie Lee