A Veteran's Honor Essay

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Honor is the pride and respect of veterans who served their country and kept it safe. How one person thanks the veterans is different from another. However, honor and morals sometimes get confused during the time of war. The Navy sometimes names their ships after war heroes for their actions and bravery. However, shouldn’t the military do that for all veterans alive or dead? Some veterans don’t even get the honor and respect they earned for serving their country.
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The Adams Class Veteran’s Association and the Jacksonville Historic Naval Ship Association are trying to make the USS Charles F. Adams into a naval ship museum in Jacksonville, Florida. “In late 2011, the Navy determined that Adams is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places, as a historic vessel.” (Group Seeks to Bring ex-USS Charles F. Adams to Jacksonville, 2012). With the Adams being turned into the museum, students who live in Jacksonville can learn how Navy personal lived and fought to become veterans and honorable people.
With honor normally being a good thing it can sometimes be twisted into a bad thing when someone has to question their own morals. It doesn’t happen all the time however, it still happens. For example WWII, there were times honored and morals clashed. When Pearl Harbor had taken place the United States want to get revenge on Japan. However did the United States really have to use the Atomic Bomb? With the United States using the Atomic Bomb many innocent lives were lost. Some people will argue that it was the right thing to do. Although it may be honorable in one person’s eyes, in another’s it can be terrifying. No ever at that time considered the effects after the bomb was dropped on people who weren’t even alive. It may have ended the war but there could have been an alternative way to end the war without dropping the bomb.
Another example of questionable honor can be found Hitler. He was a WWI soldier and was rewarded for his service in Germany. However his actions for causing WWII to happen were absolutely immoral. There might still be some people that agree with what he did, however most people would say his actions were wrong. Eleven million people were killed during WWII. There were many innocent people who should not have died. Hitler’s pride and hate made him lose site of the difference between honor and morals. Anyone can mix honor and morals together but, people can try to see the difference and not lose sight of it.
With all the ways Americans honor veterans, the Navy has a way of honoring their veterans as well. “…March 1819 an act of Congress formally placed the responsibility for assigning names to the Navy’s ships in the hands of the Secretary of the Navy…” (Ship Naming in the United States). Whoever has this important job gets to name the ships. How does someone in that position decide to name the ships? It depends on the person in charge within that time frame. “Each year, the Naval Historical Center compiles primary and alternate ship name recommendations and forwards these to the Chief of Naval Operations by way of the chain of command” (Ship Naming in the United States). It’s based on the list of names the Secretary of the Navy gets from the Naval Historical Center to pick a name for ship.
Within the list there can be many names that have reasons for being on the list. “…and the deceased members of the Navy and Marine Crops who have been honored for heroism in war...

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