This week, Americans across this great country will join together to honor our military veterans. From the blood-soaked beaches of France to the bombed-out back-alleys of Fallujah, the American G.I. has fought-and died-opposing that which is evil and oppressive, and defending all things good and free.
Veterans Day is about one thing: honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans, and passing their collective story to the next generation. These stories, and the men and women who bear them, are the backbone of this American experiment and must never be forgotten.
As John Stuart Mill once said, “War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse.” The second we believe our freedoms inevitable, we cease to live in history and sour the soldier's sacrifice. Our freedoms - purchased on the battlefield - are indeed “worthy of war.”
And today, with America still at war, it is fitting that we remember the troops currently serving in harms way. Because, as any veteran can attest, just one moment, one explosion, or one bullet separates Memorial Day from Veterans Day. Soldiers currently in Iraq and Afghanistan are fighting for our freedoms today, knowing it’s possible they may never see tomorrow.
Vets for Freedom beseeches our membership to honor America’s veterans this week. Whether at a ceremony, in a letter to the editor, or with a simple “thank you,” find a way to ensure that every veteran - young and old - feels appreciated.
This is the ACTION ITEM for the week - and the most important you’ll have this year.
God bless America and her veterans.
Vets for Freedom
P.S. Please visit our website http://www.vetsforfreedom.org/Progress/default.aspx to read the latest “Progress in Iraq information, we’ve added even more facts and figures that outline the incredible progress happening in Iraq today, thanks to the veterans of tomorrow.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
VFF - ACTION ITEM for the Week