A Soldier’s Duty at the Battlefield
People tend to romanticize what happens on a battlefield. They say that it is a place where freedom is fought for and honor is earned. But, they leave out the crucial part of the picture where blood is brutally drawn and lives are recklessly lost.
Many of a soldier’s days are spent in battle. And if they survive that ordeal, they live the rest of their days replaying the horrific scenes and mourning lost friends.
On the rare peaceful days—back into the barracks and away from the battlefield—a soldier is gifted with a silent night. One would think it’s a blessing, but to a soldier it’s a curse. A soldier’s silent night is spent remembering fallen comrades and innocent lives caught in the onslaught. He is reminded of the faces of his loved ones waiting for him to come home. He is reminded of the painful guilt of saying goodbye without promising to return because he knows all too well what a war costs a soldier.
On those silent nights, a soldier is forced to face the reality of the fate he has chosen for himself. It is a sad reality but it is a soldier’s story.
Which makes us wonder: Why? Why does a soldier fight? What is a soldier’s duty at the battlefield that they are more than willing to embrace death to uphold it?
Soldiers, too, come to a point where they question whether the fight they are fighting is worth losing their lives for. But they are immediately reminded of the oath they took.
I am an American soldier. I am a warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States. I will always place the mission first. I will never accept defeat. I will never quit. I will never leave a fallen comrade. I am disciplined physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself. I stand ready to deploy, engage and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat. I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life. I am an American soldier. (Soldier’s Creed)
Soldiers have sacrificed so much for their duty from the moment they were enlisted and up to the time their service ends. And they will sacrifice more if they need to because they know that the fight is more than its worth.
A soldier’s duty is to fight for his country’s freedom and honor, for his people’s safety, and for, one day, sustainable peace. And a soldier’s prayer on the battlefield is to make it through just one more day so he can continue to uphold his duty once more.
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