Thursday, November 11, 2004

Veterans' Day

This afternoon I attended a service presented by the Masonic Veterans Organization. It was held at the VA Hospital in Buffalo, and it recognized all five military branches. For these of you who do not know what they are, I will list them: United State Marine Core, United States Name, United States Army, United States Coast Guard and United States Air Force. In my opinion it was great to see fellow Masons and other veterans. It was a small ceremony, probably about 50 to 80 people, but it was great. I enjoyed it a lot, and was pleased to see so many people together and see them recognized and appreciated.

During the ceremony there was a speaker, who gave a strong and moving speech. One which I wish I had a copy of so I can present it here, (maybe I will try to get a copy of it). I don’t remember his name, I will try to find it, but the way he presented his speech was wonderful and it reminded me of President Bush’s speech after he was reelected. Maybe it is too critical on my side, but I felt like today’s speaker should have pause on couple of occasions for people to recognize what he had just said. But, he did not, he continued giving his speech and only at the end were people allowed to applaud and recognize the points he made. This made me think of the way President Bush presented his speech. Although I very much support him, and believe that he is the one who should be our country’s leader, I must criticize him for pausing every five word for people to applaud. It was kind of annoying after he did it seven or eight times. I have given speeches before, and I have attended many others. Pausing every five words, without even finishing one sentence, to wait for applauses is simply unnecessary, no to use stronger terms. People applauded without even knowing what he is talking about. Yes, we know he is giving a victory speech and it is positive, but it is simply unnecessary to congratulate him or any other speaker on saying something before he or she is even finished. To add to the illogical applauses, when he did pause after every five words, the time he waited for the people to quit clapping, was so extremely l-o-n-g. Damn! But, all and all, it was his choice, he just got reelected and he was in his glory. Any other person would have felt the same way and there is fifty-fifty chance they would have acted in the same way.

Back to Veterans’ Day and what our Vets fought for. Freedom is not FREE, as so many have said, therefore cherish it. If you have no desire to be part of, or are unable to be join, like myself, the military forces, You and your children still have an obligation to pay your respect and honor those who have bleed and fallen to provide You and your children with FREE will and choice. Strive to learn and educate yourselves and your children, as well as everyone around you, as hard as it might be! Support the progress of science and the fight for Freedom. Not just any Freedom fight, but the one which in the long term will be a true Freedom. There are many fights using Freedom as pretext, but in the long term they will only bring hardship and destroy free society as we know it and envision it, if they win. Be very careful and question your ideas, believes and morals before choosing on which side you will stand, support and fight on.

Think before you act!

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