Independence Day- A Parent’s Perspective
On July 4th, while everyone else is celebrating with picnics, a day off work and a trip to see fireworks, jumping in the pool and hosting parties – the parents of serving military members have a different perspective. The families of service members, whether they are deployed, stateside or Guard members who are home and at the party – remember that we are celebrating a day that we Declared ourselves free. But that freedom had a cost then, and has a cost now. Our Family member(s) are the ones paying that price. They put their hands up and swore to
support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.
having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of _____ do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”
So today, we thank them. And from the authors of Parents Zone, we thank YOU – the Moms, Dads, Wives and Children, Aunts and Uncles, Grandparents and Cousins – the ones whose eye is drawn to that man or woman in uniform, with a smile and feeling of “yeah, that’s one of us” – the ones who send the care packages, write the letters, take care of the home they will come back to – the ones who send up a prayer for their soldier, the marine or airman, the sailor – and the men and women they are serving with – the ones with the blue star in the window.