I Love the Army

I <3 Army 21-07-07_1835

Well, someone does. I saw this carved into a tree at Donaldson Run Park in Arlington.

Many people have loved being in the Army but I had never seen it expressed like this before. Who did this? Was it you? I know Max loved his military service but I didn’t think he loved it this much.

How did you feel about your stint in the military? Did you love it as much as our mystery person did?

3 Comments so far

  1. Mike S. (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 9:48 am

    Interesting to see this carved into a tree. I retired last year after 20 years in the Army and through peace and war I loved serving my country and fellow civilian and military members.

    Here is one example why. In 2000 I hosted a gentlemen from central Asia on his first visit to America. He had served in the Soviet Army, had never been to the U.S., but because he spoke English we employed him in our embassy. He arrived in town and after a night’s sleep he asked to see a Walmart. He said that he had heard of this store with full shelves and he wanted to see one. So, we went to Walmart and looked around and he was amazed. At that point he asked to go to a grocery store, which we did. We spent a good hour going up and down the aisles where he picked up many of the products and read the labels. After we got in the car he asked me if there were many stores in America like this and I told him yes. After we drove awhile in silence, he turned to me and said ‘They lied, the Soviets, they lied.” And then he said, and I’m paraphrasing here, “I would love to bring my wife here and show her this so that way I do not need to try and describe it.”

    Experiences like this, and the realization that I was a member of something larger than myself, punctuated my time in the Army.

    Being a contributing member of something larger than you, with its ties to our nation’s history, that is working towards the common good, makes one appreciate our country and its institutions. While all large and complex organizations have problems from time to time, the good ones get through them and still continue to serve the citizen. The reward of providing such a service to our country is what made my time in the Army memorable for me.

  2. Carl Weaver (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 10:19 am

    Great story, Mike. I completely get the feeling of being part of something larger than yourself. It’s a powerful feeling.

  3. UdontKnoMe (unregistered) on September 2nd, 2007 @ 7:41 am

    Well, As for I guess the people that just entered I can say that the Army pretty much sucks so far. So many written rules and regulations that are senseless…and then you have the unwriten rules given to you by your E5 God…Whom like to be a$$holes all the time. Coupled by the unreliability of everyone and every service. I’m not really feeling it. Though I did enjoy my time in training that was like heaven everyone was equally-treated and respected, you didnt have to watch what you say, we could force changes by banding together as a team etc….

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