My Role in Honoring America’s Veterans
As an American citizen, I have a role in honoring America’s veterans, deceased and living. They are the reason I am here today, living in my house, going to school, going to work, going to whatever church I wish to go to, and so on. I feel there are many ways in which I can honor America’s veterans.
Recently my government class made a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the many historical sites and monuments located there. I somehow got the chance to be part of a once in a lifetime experience; I got to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This to me is the greatest honor I could ever wish for. Watching the soldier march back and forth, guarding the tomb, made me realize how important this monument was to him and the other soldiers there. When I walked down those steps and carried the wreath to the stand where a soldier helped me lay it, I was feeling two different emotions. One part of me was grieving for the unknown soldiers of past wars, the other part of me felt accomplished. I knew I had made those soldiers proud by laying that wreath. I knew I had done something not everyone in our country does. I had honored America’s veterans.
My uncle is in the army, and he has been stationed in Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Germany, and Georgia. My family and I have visited all of these places except Texas. Therefore, I have seen many army bases, and all of these bases have different ways of honoring deceased veterans. Over Easter break this past spring we went to Fort Stewart in Georgia. Their way of honoring the soldiers who have died was unique. They made a big walking trail and planted a tree for every soldier who had died from that base. I believe this is by far the best idea I have seen because for every life that was taken a new one was planted. These soldiers can never be replaced or forgotten, but they seem to live on within these trees.
I honor America’s veterans every day without even realizing it. School...