When I see these young kids coming out of boot camp, I can't help but wonder how on earth they are going to protect us. They are kids after all! Some are barely old enough to shave! They aren't even old enough to drink and someone gave them an M 16??
So on Memorial Day when we are getting all sentimental anyway, I ran across this story http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/metro/stories/MYSA041608.01A.Marine.3832796.html and think that if this young guy--22 years old--can fight in Iraq, survive a burn that covered 97% of his body (unheard of in the medical profession), make the rounds in the burn unit to inspire others to keep fighting for their lives, and start a non-profit...well, anything is possible.
We often underestimate the young people in our community. Many parents tend to treat their kids like kids until the grand kids are in college! Of course we want to protect our children no matter how old they are, but the future of our country is in the hands of these young people and they deserve a lot more respect than we often give them. This story renewed my faith in the younger generation--they really can do anything they set their minds to, including protecting the good ole US of A. They are truly amazing!
Check out http://projects.washingtonpost.com/fallen/ to see the others who have died in support of our nation.