Follow Friday (4): Thank You to All the Veterans Out There

I have no clever or not-so-clever introduction.  This week's Follow Friday has put me in a contemplative mood.

 

Follow Friday is hosted by Rachel of Parajunkee and Alison of Alison Can Read, who are both wonderful people and you should visit their awesome sites.

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Q. In light of 11.11.11 and Veteran’s Day tell us about your favorite solider and how he or she is saving the world.  Fictional or real life.

I’m one of those incredibly fortunate people who hasn’t had my life directly affected by war and it’s something I choose to continue in my entertainment life.  After a couple of semesters of taking journalism classes that forced me to see photographs too explicit to run in print and read article after detailed article about the various current wars, I happily stay away from most war-related entertainment.

With all that said, my favorite real-life solider is my cousin, who was a Marine for a time and was part of the force that took Saddam’s palace.  No matter what my opinion of the wars is, I’m proud of him for standing up for what he believes and doing what he felt needed to be done. 

I think I’ve blocked out any “real life” war-related books I’ve read (most of them probably required school reading), so Ender’s Game is the only thing that comes to mind.  Ender Wiggin is just a little boy, but somehow he quickly develops into a general of an army of other little boys in his space academy.  I think, though, I like Ender as a character becomes of the sequels, where you find out what Ender becomes as a man.  No spoilers, but I always highly recommend Ender’s Game.  It was my gateway into science fiction.