David Castillo: Thank A Veteran Today

by lewwaters

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What a remarkable and wonderful country we live in! I am continually amazed and inspired by the generosity, hard work, and ingenuity of the American people. And, on Veteran’s Day, I am again reminded of the incredible sacrifices our service men and women, their families, and our veterans have made.

In the military, you learn what the concept of sacrifice truly means – and you begin to understand that sacrifice takes many forms. President Andrew Jackson once said “you must pay the price if you wish to secure the blessing”. This is the attitude that so many veterans, and their families have taken. They recognize that each one of us must give of ourselves, in some way, in order to “secure the blessings of liberty”. I learned in my military experience that sacrifice can be a form of generosity. Giving of yourself to your country.

Today, we honor the 24 million veterans who proudly walk among us – those who have served and defended this great nation. We also should remember the families who waited, worried, and wondered while their loved ones were in harms way.

I am so proud to have served in the United States Navy, but I am prouder of the wonderful people that I served with. I want to thank Turk Shekem, my Commanding Officer at HS-6 who is one of the finest men I have ever met. Thank you to Chief Gene Whately for having faith in me and helping me grow. Thank you Bryan Stidham, Joe Garcia, Andy Blancas, Drew Parks, Eli Ramos, and the other members of HS-6 who made my experience so educational.

It is not cliché to acknowledge that we have the freedoms we have because brave Americans are willing to risk their lives in defense of those freedoms. Ours is a remarkable system in that men and women freely volunteer to put themselves in harms way so that we can live the lives that this country gives us the opportunity to live.

In the airport, at the supermarket, in the park, or on your street – thank our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines for their service.

God Bless!

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Web sites where you can show your appreciation for our Veterans.


Veterans of Valor

VFW: Veterans of Foreign Wars

The American Legion


Operation Gratitude

Air Compassion for Veterans

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