FELLOW AMERICANS AND COMMENTARIAT PATRIOTS (commentapatriots?):
As we all drink ourselves into a flag-waving fervor this weekend, it is of course our duty to remember the innumerable badasses who have protected our right to do so through the years. I have worked hard in my life, and my work has allowed me to buy beer, sunscreen and red meat to enjoy myself to the fullest this weekend. However, the exploits of some of these people serve as a reminder that I have not worked hard, I have not suffered, and I do not know what it truly means to earn and protect freedom.
SO, in tribute, let's commemorate the exploits of the truly ridiculous heroes in our past.
I've already mentioned Ted Williams in the comments as a guy who left his job, in the prime of his career, TWICE, to serve as a pilot in wartime. (His service, and the timing of it, in my mind renders all nitpicking baseball stat arguments completely moot.) Of course, there is Pat Tillman to remember. Audie Murphy, Millet, etc. Let's hear about them all.But that's not all. Is your dad a vet who something ridiculous? Is your grandfather? Shit, did your grandmother weld tanks while raising three children alone and have to go to bed wondering if her husband was still alive every night? All stories of badassery in service of our nation are welcome here.
For my part, I have a grandfather who liberated an Italian village fighting under Patton. I also have a great grandfather who lied about his age to fight in World War I because he was too young, then lied again to fight in World War II because he was too old. God Bless America, and let's tear it up.