Today, February 23rd is Defender of The Fatherland Day in the FSU (Former Soviet union). url here:
A little strange for me, to celebrate this day for the former Red Army, when I served in the U.S. Army.
Old ideology aside, soldiers are soldiers no matter where we served or even why. We all had asshole Drill Instructors, we all cleaned toilets, ate crappy food, slogged through mud, wore ill-fitting uniforms, cut our hair, field stripped our weapons. Some went to war and killed people some did not, millions did not survive. We served at our government's whim and did as we were told.
Like Veteran's Day in the U.S.A., Defender of the Fatherland day honors those who served. Sometimes here it is called Men's Day ... but for those of us who served, we know men were not the only ones, millions of Women served also and even on this "Men's Day" we can not forget our Sisters.
Thank you to everyone who served, in all countries around the world, for whatever reason. Ideals are worth fighting for, even if they are ultimately misguided ideals, never the less ... we did our duty.