For over 200 years men and women have taken up arms to protect us, to liberate us, to reunite us. Many, along the way, through the myriad of battles waged across the globe and here at home have lost their lives in the ultimate sacrifice for you, and me, and all of us, to remain free.
Let us not forget those who laid their lives on the battlefields across our country, fighting against a tyrant king, who wanted nothing more than their freedom. They are the ones who founded us - forged us in blood and sacrifice. They were commoners - everyday citizens - who formed an unbeatable militia army of men, women, even children, armed with the assault weapons of their time. They fought with a fierce passion that laid the foundation of this country:
Free to believe;
Free to prosper;
Free to speak;
Free to aspire to the greatest of potentials - as long as you work for it.
Since the founding, our soldiers have continued to inspire us; continued to teach us the lessons of their sacrifice. They have shown us the power of conviction; the strength of perseverance; the undeniable courage we can all have in the face of insurmountable odds. They have taught us, and still teach us daily, that heroes really do exist.
From the walls of the Alamo to the beaches of France and all throughout Europe and Africa, the Pacific to Korea, Viet Nam to a brutal Cold War, Iraq, Panama, Afghanistan ... Soldiers have lost their lives - lost them for us; lost them to protect their fellow soldiers, their families, their country.
This country - the United States of America ... "and to the Republic for which it stands. One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
I wonder what the 1 million fallen soldiers since 1776 (estimated) would say about our country today and about the direction it is taking? Would the commoners see the similarities in our modern governmental system to that which they
fought against? Would they be glad of our direction, or just plain sad? Would those who stormed the beaches see a country of resolve, or one of splintered integrity?
I wish, more than anything, that we truly honored the soldier - that the lesson of their sacrifice would never disappear.
I, for one, will never forget.
From the bottom of my heart, to all of you who serve, have served ... Thank you.
(I have included a video that was passed on to me through e-mail. It says it has to do with Veteran's Day, however, I found it a great memorial.)
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