The title of a recently released Yahoo! article is “US troops in Afghanistan celebrate Thanksgiving” (Web-site/URL: http://news.yahoo.com/us-troops-afghanistan-celebrate-thanksgiving-114243171.html).
“It was Army Sgt. Keith Wells’ first Thanksgiving Day away from his family and despite a cornucopia of food provided for the troops, his taste buds were craving his wife’s macaroni and cheese back home”. “More specifically, at a large international military base in the Afghan capital, Kabul”. Wells of Charlotte, North Carolina, said: “My wife’s a foodie — you know the Food Network, cooking shows. EVERYTHING SHE MAKES IS GOLDEN“.
“Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Chuck Minton of Monroe, Ga., who has traveled extensively across Afghanistan, was OPTIMISTIC“. Boy there’s a word we HAVEN’T seen/read/heard in a long time: “optimistic”. “It’s been progressing here, getting better. The Afghans have taken over more missions“. WILL THIS TREND CONTINUE?
“Army Maj. Rodney Gehrett of Colorado Springs, Colo., said HE WAS SURPRISED that the war was barely mentioned during the last U.S. presidential election — evidence that some Americans HAD TUNED OUT the news from the front line a half a world away”. “The war in Afghanistan WASN’T EVEN BROUGHT UP as a topic of conversation” during the election”, “It was a little surprising to me. HOPEFULLY, that will change and people will realize that we still have troops here and they are fighting every day“. THIS IS “surprising” given that we now have THREE LIVING Medal of Honor recipients from the war in Afghanistan: Staff Sgt. SAL GIUNTA, Marine Sgt. DAKOTA MEYER and Army Sgt. First LEROY PETRY.
“Army Sgt. Adam Draughn of Denver, Colo., said some people back home have the impression that the Afghan people DON’T WANT American troops in their country“. “Honestly, I think THE BIGGEST misconception in my opinion is that, you know, WE ACTUALLY ARE LOVED HERE. The nationals DO care about us. THEY DO want us here to help them. WE’RE NOT HERE UNIMVITED“. Well, as we know, GREG BUCKLEY SR. would surely beg to differ.
“Most of the holiday chatter, however, was focused on family” AS EXPECTED (Web-site/URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI)..
“Taking a break from the game, Army Capt. Robert Mikyska of North Aurora, Ill., pulled out a photocopied photo that was taken of he and his wife just before he deployed to Afghanistan nine months ago”. “Hi, honey!” Mikyska said, looking at the picture. “In a couple weeks, I’ll be HOME (and) I CAN’T WAIT TO BE BACK“.
Finally, “as he smiled and embraced his teammates on the sidelines of the football field”, Army Spc. Ricky Clay, also of Monroe, Ga., finished off: “My family’s here“.
For those of us with loved ones in war zones, WE DEEPLY APPRECIATE THE SACRIFICES THAT THESE SOLDIERS HAVE MADE AND ARE CONTINUING TO MAKE.