*This article originally appeared on Rachael M Colby’s website TattooItOnYourHeart.com and on her Cape Cod Times blog by the same name.
“I joined the military because I’m answering my calling,” said the first young United States Army serviceman I interviewed.
“I am concerned that we are divided. Realize what we as a nation are about: United—one nation. Represent your flag. We need understanding, to accept and respect each other. Out of many one people.
“Have your culture; have your heritage. Be proud of your heritage—but we are all Americans. E Pluribus Unum; out of many, one. We are Americans first,” — U.S. Army serviceman twice deployed to Afghanistan.
What a privilege to interview some of our active duty and retired military members and share their words dispersed throughout this article.
I wonder how many know that congress designated May as Military Appreciation Month in 1999. Only two of the fifty people I asked knew the third Saturday of May is designated as Armed Forces Day. However, someone informed me that May fourth was Star Wars Day. Can we please fix this?
“On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an