"I, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the president of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."
Do you see what's missing? That's right...there is no expiration date.
If you know a veteran, you have learned they share a special connection with those with whom they've served. Facebook abounds with veterans' groups from every base, fort, station, etc. It doesn't even matter if you were there at the same time. These are the people that shared a unique experience.
It doesn't matter if the veteran is vocal about their service or not. Some mention it frequently, taking pleasure in the memories. Others are more private and you may not even be aware that they served. For each, however, this oath is still in the very core of their being. We all took the same oath, whether as a teenager or an adult, and know the weight and depth of those words.
We are rapidly losing veterans from the Greatest Generation. You see them out and about, frequently wearing a duty cap. Take a moment...and say thank you. When the VFW or American Legion pass in a parade...stand. They have earned your respect.
Now scroll back to the top and read that oath again. Pause for a moment in your day and realize the sacrifice made in the past and appreciate those making that same sacrifice today.