Armed Forces Day 2011
In Honor of those who serve.
The average age of the military man is 19 years. He is a short haired, tight-muscled kid who, under normal circumstances is considered by society as half man, half boy. Not old enough to buy a beer, but old enough to die for his country.
He is 10 or 15 pounds lighter now than when he was at home because he is working or fighting from before dawn to well after dusk. He can field strip a rifle and reassemble it in the dark.
He has two sets of fatigues: he washes one and wears the other. He keeps his canteens full and his feet dry.
He will often do twice the work of a civilian, draw half the pay, and still find ironic humor in it all.
He has seen more suffering and death than he should have in his short lifetime.