As our military marches towards the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11th, the general public shops on – unaware of the magnitude of sacrifice by a brave few.
The US Census just released US population figures of 309 million, and a scant 2.3 million of the population are military veterans. The Census also estimates that less than 200,000 are post-9/11 veterans, and about 150,000 remain deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Compare that with previous conflicts: During the Civil War, the US population was 31 million and about 4 million, or 13% fought. During WWII, the US population was 76 million with 16 million, or 21% fighting.
From 21% in WWII to about 1% fighting terrorism today. A very heavy load carried by a very small few for a largely unaware population.
During this Christmas season, remember the ongoing sacrifices. Keep these brave soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and all the other unseen and unsung in your prayers – and remember their families, too carry a heavy burden.
God bless and protect the United States of America and all those who have sworn to support and protect the Constitution of the United States.
Happy New Year – one that will mark ten continuous years of conflict.