American Veterans have given their all, risked their all to keep the people of the United States of America safe and sovereign. Going all the back to before the American Revolution our forefathers fought the good fight and gave their all so that we today can enjoy the bountiful fruits of their sacrifices. Even when we fought one another on our own sacred ground the fruits have brought forth the greatest and most free nation that ever existed on earth.
When we were children we enjoyed playing outside with our friends and neighbors. We had no concept of politics or whose side to be on. We were young and innocent and we gladly built forts made out of lawn chairs and anything that our parents discarded. We had make-believe guns and shot each other whimsically. We became top-notch thespians as we fell to the ground giving our rendition of the very real wars that preceded us. We loved to play cowboys and Indians! We would choose up sides as to who was who. We sometimes even pretended to paint our faces to emulated what we thought a respectable Indian would look like. In our fantasy world, there were no good guys nor bad guys only really neat characters we wanted to be like.
I grew up in Texas where we had Rodeo Day where every kid in school got to dress up like a real cowboy. I lived in the city of Houston before it became H town. I loved Rodeo Day! My mother always figured out some kind of costume for me to wear to school. There was no political correctness to be bothered with. If a child showed up at school as a well-painted Indian they only the best kind of attention from teachers and students alike. We were applauded for our originality and creativity!
Even as children we knew from television that even though the “Indians” and cowboys fought each other they were sometimes friends.
Now we have all grown up a learned a little bit about history. We’ve learned of the many atrocities that occurred during those many battles. It became sad to us all. But when I put a little more thought into our American past. I think that I was more correct as a child thinking that the cowboys and Indians all played equal parts in bringing this nation to the freedoms we now take for granted. The Civil War became necessary to further advance the consciousness of America. We were divided by thought, we were divided by industry and we were divided by freedoms. We are now the United States of America. All of those soldiers fought, thousands upon thousands died. They all sacrificed with honor. As did our Native Americans. It matters not at this point what side your ancestors were on 200, 100 or even 50 years ago. We all live in this great country together. The children on my block had it right all along.
Come Sunday morning when I was a child all of the kids that lived on my street got dressed up. We put on our nicest clothes our whitest socks and we girls got to wear pretty white gloves. We jumped in the families’ cars with our parents and went to our perspective churches and we prayed as our mommas taught us. We girls fiddled with our dresses and tiny purses and we felt all grown up going to Church on Sundays. On Sundays, we dressed up because we were taught to respect the house of God and to love our neighbors. We got to do all of that because of all the American soldiers both living and dead. I for one will forever appreciate their sacrifices. In my own family, I thank you for everything: My dad ARMY, My grandfather ARMY, a host of uncles MARINES and my son Daniel Hatch Airman the UNITED STATES AIRFORCE. God bless all veterans today! And God Bless the USA!!!
Painting by Kathy Hatch oil 14 x 18 Untitled.