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Veteran’s Day 2013: A Day of Somber Remembrance

Yes, I’m a veteran, but don’t thank me. Thank those who didn’t come home, and those who risked and gave much more than I to ensure our freedom. It’s too late to thank our WWI veterans, so start with those few remaining veterans from WWII who are still with us. We are losing hundreds of WWII vets each day. This weekend was the last gathering of the Doolittle Raiders who bombed Japan in the dark days of 1942 giving our nation a much needed morale boost, and causing the Japanese to strategically hold more assets close to the home islands thus saving untold numbers of American lives later in the war. Most of the Raiders are now dead, and the rest too frail to travel anymore. The rate of loss of the Korean War vets is accelerating, with the Vietnam vets waiting in the wings. Those are the people who saw horrors that I can only imagine. We are seeing a generation now come home from the Middle East who have been forced to fight an enemy with both hands tied behind their back, an enemy that doesn’t share our value of human life, and are being forced to die or be wounded because our government won’t allow us to win. The mental scars from that alone are more than any man should have to bear. Even if you never served in the military, but you are one who appreciates the freedom you still cling to, and who faithfully supports those called to take up arms on your behalf, it is I who gives thanks to you. Always remember what price has been paid to preserve your freedom. Pass that knowledge along to your children, friends, and neighbors. NEVER allow our history to be rewritten and cheapened. Honor the veterans by learning, loving, revering, teaching, and defending the very Constitution that our veterans swore an oath to protect and defend.

Carry on.


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