I was trying to think of what to write about our veterans today, and it is not an easy topic for me to cover. I know of three family members who served. My Uncle Ferdinand Klebold, My Grandfather Anthony Janeczek, and my Grandfather Thomas Klebold. All three served in the Navy during World War Two. I won’t talk about how my family is a bunch of Navy men and I work for the Army. I’m actually a spy planted by the Navy to help them beat Army.
At heart, I am a pacifist. I do not believe there is ever a “good” war. Even Benjamin Franklin said, “There was never a good war, or a bad peace.” Now, this country may go to war for just reasons (in most cases), but I always hope that there is a day when we don’t have to go to war at all. That being said, I also think that out current soldiers and our former soldiers deserve our full support, even when they fight in a war that I do not and cannot support. Supporting our soldiers is not the same as supporting a war. The blame should never fall on our soldier’s shoulders for fighting in a war that they were ordered to go to.
And our veteran’s deserve our respect as well.
The best way to sum this my beliefs up is to tell you what I saw when I went to Normandy Beach a few years ago. We all know that that France is in charge of the upkeep of the gravesites for all of the Allied soldiers who fell during the D-Day. But what is not as well publicized is that there is also a gravesite for the German’s who died during the invasion. And this gravesite is just as well kept as the site of the U.S. soldiers and their allies. The French treat the soldiers of both sides with respect for they know that the Germans were just men who died following orders. And that respect is what they deserve. Nothing less.