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Book Review: A Salute to Service: The Rebirth of Patriotism, Edited by Mike Radford

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A Salute to Service is a collection of short stories that are written for and by people who have served our country whether in the military, law enforcement or rescue and fire departments. But, really it's more than that. It's a look back in time to when serving your country was something to be proud of. It's a look back to when children actually showed their parents respect and it wasn't uncommon to hear "yes, sir" and "no, ma'am." It's a look back to when it wasn't considered child abuse to swat a kid on the butt. It's a reminder of why we're "One Nation Under God." It's a reminder of how much we have to be thankful for and how much people have given so that we have something to be thankful for. I believe that the editor is hoping this book will inspire people and result in a rebirth of patriotism in our country.

To me, this book is all that and it's a sad reminder of how far down the ladder this country has fallen. Can you imagine the betterment of 75% of our youth today if we had a mandatory draft? How much more responsible would they be? How much more physically fit would they be? How much better prepared for life would they be? I'm not ashamed to say that many of the stories left me with tears in my eyes.

One of my favorite parts of A Salute to Service is the "Bill of No Rights" — attributed to State Representative Mitchell Kay of Georgia — because it states so well what I feel is wrong with the country today. Section Six contains a look back at several Great Americans including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan. It also — for those who might have forgotten or never known — reminds us of what the Bill of Rights is. There is a section on how to properly display the flag.

This book is especially meaningful as Memorial Day nears. Please take a moment to remember. Take a moment and read A Salute to Service. Share it with family, friends and loved ones. Don't let them forget.

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About Ellen Christian

Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media. You can find her at http://www.confessionsofanover-workedmom.com/ and http://the-socialites-closet.blogspot.com/.