Long before my son Sergeant Eddie Jeffers ever wrote his now famous “Hope Rides Alone”; long before he breathed his last breath on that Iraqi desert floor and was welcomed into the arms of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; he was my hero.

He was my hero because the day before he left for his first tour in Iraq I asked him if he was sure of what he was about to do and he looked at me with an intensity and masculinity I did not recognize in my son and he told me, “Dad, this is my generation’s fight.”

Eddie received much fame for his articles and deservedly so, but it made him greatly uncomfortable. He did not like receiving so much attention when in his heart and mind he was merely representing “his boys.”

That too was true and was one of the very endearing things about our Eddie; he wasn’t a glory hog. He was a soldier, and like the rest of the great soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guardsmen who have served and some given their lives for the cause of liberty and the furtherance of this great experiment the United States.

A blogger friend of mine Jack Ott sent me the following video with this exhortation:

    To All,

    Because of the deteriorating situations in Afghanistan and the cautious uncertainty facing us in Iraq, many have reported that the morale of our troops is declining. What better way to assure them that Americans are behind them than giving them a massive salute on all conservative blogs/websites on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

    Please take a look at the video entitled Here’s to the Heroes: A Military Tribute

I gladly salute the heroes who serve and have served in our military. Make sure every opportunity you have that you say thank you to any vet or active duty military you see. Even though most Americans believe we can never repay our precious military, a simple thank you goes a long way.

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