52 Weeks of Thankfulness: Week 5, Our Military

As I continue Bernadette’s “52 Weeks of Thankfulness” at Haddon’s Musings, I’m honoring our nation’s military service men and women, this includes anyone who has served and raised their right hand to The Oath of Enlistment or The Oath of Office. Additionally, I thought I might share a section of The Oath of Enlistment:

I will 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 let me reiterate that…. “I will obey the orders of the President of the United States.”

And many military personnel take that oath very seriously, and if they don’t they will, and they should. It does not matter who is president of the United States, the nation’s military looks for the citizens of the United States of America to elect its president and from that moment on…they accept these marching orders.


For my brothers and sisters in arms, stay safe. I know many of you are defending our nation as I sit cozy blogging this early morning, sipping my coffee, and have yet to change from my pajamas–remember, it’s you that makes this possible. I honor each and everyone one of you, and your oath that allows us to be free. You are our nation’s treasure. Come home safe.



Me, Balad, AB Iraq. I’m retired now, 22 1/2 years in the Air Force. For me you cannot take away the pride I feel for our country. Remember those who are down range, and please let us never forget those who never made it home.



“On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.”

Dan Lipski

Haddon’s Musings




6 thoughts on “52 Weeks of Thankfulness: Week 5, Our Military

  1. Thank You! Regardless of the elected president, we as Americans need to show respect. There are too many that are attempting to cause chaos and it’s embarrassing to see some of the behavior and for the world to see it too. Too many people acting out uncontrollably. Trump is President, deal with it and if you don’t like things then act in a positive way to make a difference instead of like some crazed mob acting embarrassingly immature.

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    1. Well Donna, that makes it clear. We can’t force change and our beliefs, but we can model it in how we behave and protest for our rights. Otherwise, the message is lost as onlookers, those from the opposite side, just see the chaos. Pick the battle wisely and approach it with a clear objective–at the end of the day what do you want your audience to gain? Consider your rhetorical strategy; while pathos (emotions) are important, so too is logos (logic) and ethos (ethics, credibility). Sometimes it takes a balance of these ideas to reach more people, but sadly too many incite the pathos portion and don’t really gain followers for their argument. We just walk away thinking OMG, that individual is whacked. At least that’s how I feel. 😳


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