Tomorrow is Veterans Day. And as I like to do every November 11, I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to veterans everywhere for your service to our great country. Because of your courage and sacrifice, we are free to enjoy the rights endowed to us by God and enshrined by our Founding Fathers in the US Constitution.
US Army veteran Charles M. Province, the Founder and President of the George S. Patton, Jr. Historical Society, and the author of several books about General Patton, once penned this poem about the American Soldier.
It is the soldier, not the minister,
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the soldier, not the reporter,
Who has given us Freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
Who has given us Freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
Who has given us a right to a fair trial.
It is the soldier, not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the soldier, who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
One of Ronald Reagan’s most famous speeches, A Soldier’s Pledge, was given as a tribute to the heroism, courage, and sacrifice displayed by those who serve in America’s Armed Forces (see below). In that speech, Mr. Reagan said the following about the American Soldier.
“We must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have. It is a weapon that we, as Americans, do have.”
Many who served our country in the military have paid the ultimate price by giving their very lives to defend and protect freedom. And while we should never forget those who paid such a price—we remember them on Memorial Day—Veterans Day is the day we celebrate the service of all US military veterans.
So, today I invite you to find a current or past member of the military, and thank them for their service to our country. They won’t be hard to find. They are your neighbors and your co-workers. You’ll find them at the businesses where you shop, and at the church where you worship.
Remember: It’s because of these fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters that we are free to exercise our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative, your source for opinion that’s politically-incorrect and always “right.” His articles can also be found on RedState.com.
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