Veterans Sacrificed Their Freedom So That We Can Enjoy It

soldier freedomOur veterans deserve more than an official holiday and special sales at Walmart and Kohl’s. They warrant our thanks for putting themselves in harm’s way to protect us from our enemies, particularly since 9/11.

As the most recent terrorist attack in New York City demonstrated, radical jihadists have not abandoned their goal of a global caliphate.

President Ronald Reagan insisted that peace was only possible through strength, and sometimes through a display of strength. That’s why we have 240,000 active-duty and reserve troops in some 172 countries and territories, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Niger, and Somalia.

There are also U.S. troop deployments in Japan, South Korea, Germany, Britain, and Bahrain. Nearly 38,000 troops are on undisclosed but risky missions.

Veterans Day began as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, on the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Starting in 1921, many Americans began wearing an artificial flower—a red poppy—to commemorate those who had died in war.

President Ike Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day to honor those who served in wartime.

Here are a few facts to keep in mind this Veterans Day.

There are 18.5 million military veterans in America. The breakdown by war is:

  • 6.7 million veterans from the Vietnam era.
  • 7.1 million veterans who served during the Gulf War.
  • 1.6 million veterans of the Korean War.
  • 768,000 veterans of World War II.

Many carry the wounds of war. Today, about 3.8 million veterans live with service-related disabilities.

Along with our policemen and firefighters, veterans deserve our special thanks for their service to our country. Fr. Dennis Edward O’Brien, a Marine priest, described our obligations this way:

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 organizer, who gave us the freedom to demonstrate.
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.

Let us pause this Veterans Day, for just a moment, to give thanks for the dedicated men and women who put their lives at risk so that we might continue to enjoy ours.

From - The Daily Signal - by Lee Edwards

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3 years ago

I salute the veterans for their courage and sacrifice and I am one also. But I don’t think that all the wars they fought in were necessary. I think we were pawns in a big power game. The motive of the players were of self interests of power and gain.

Dennis Davis
3 years ago

Realization and Appreciation Are the First steps. As an Army Vet, 1961-1963, I don’t Want or Expect Anything for Free! I Do INSIST and Demand Respect for our Current Miilitary, as the Acknowledgement of the Dire and Forboding current circumstances.

A retired sailor.
3 years ago

I am a veteran of Korea and Vietnam. I am 83 yrs old, proud of my service time and sorry about the condition that the last several years of blind, selfish, stupid and “not my fault,” government has done to the country I love and was willing to give my life for. Come on America, show the courage to do what is necessary, as our President claims, to correct the mistakes and “Me, Me” attitude that prevails today. Take responsibility for your errors
And selfishness.

Dennis Davis
3 years ago

I Love your comments Retired Sailor. I’m Nearly as Old and as proud of my Service as you are. When you were Six, you were Twice my age. I’ve been gaining on you ever since. I’m beginning to feel a sense of Desperation however. The Nation has already surpassed the Historical Life of a Representative Denocracy! You and I were Born in, and have Lived in one of the Best and most Rational Eras of Mankind. My Deliberatly Biased Opinion!
Thanks, Again, for your Service.

Mikel Young
3 years ago

Thank God there are the brave men and women who serve our country and the world to protect us. I am proud to be an American!❤️

Dennis Davis
3 years ago
Reply to  Mikel Young

Absolutely! Mike Young!
I’m so Happy, And Proud to have been “Born American”
I Never Liked President Trump when he was simply “Donald Trump” The Opinionated, Loud Mouthed New Yorker. Once the Campaign began I did a 10 minute read of his History and I was Won over for Life! I Love it when he says “I LovevAmerica”! That’s plain and Simple. It can bring a tear to my eyes. Has Anyone ever heard or Recorded # 44 Utter those Exact Words?? I doubt it.

Larry Peterson
3 years ago

“A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America, and her people.” for an amount up to and including their life.”

Dennis Davis
3 years ago
Reply to  Larry Peterson

Thank you Larry for Expressing Exactly how I feel. I remember the day that I Realized that I’d “Cut the Check” with my life! It was on the Rifle in Ft Jackson, in “Advanced Rifle Tactics”, when the Dummies pop up in front of you, and at 30 meters my M-1 jammed!

The ugly truth
3 years ago

The blending of police and firemen into Veterans Day is not acceptable. Those police and firemen who are veterans, have nothing do with being public employees afterwards, it is not “Police and Firemen’s Day”. Union public relations politics is how this has been pushed into the veterans of wars celebration, and as a combat Vietnam veterans, I don’t appreciate the stealing of valor from those that actually were combat veterans.

Gloria P. Sterling
3 years ago
Reply to  The ugly truth

It may not be acceptable to you and maybe others. However, they are veterans in that they, also, put their lives in danger to protect us. As far as I know, we have no special day to thank them, but I thank G_d everyday for them and our military. I still remember it as being Armistice Day and haven’t complained that it’s been extended to ALL veterans. Thank you for your service, tho’; I have a friend who was in Vietnam and came back to serve as a policeman; he is now retired.

The ugly truth
3 years ago

They are not “veterans” just because they are police or firemen. If the were (and some are) “veterans” that’s fine but as I said has nothing to do with declaring ALL police and firemen honor during “veterans day”. Also the term hero has been thrown about way too often in relation to those just doing a job they are paid to do. Join the discussion

Wynemac Woodcock
3 years ago
Reply to  The ugly truth

I agree in that the police and firemen can refuse to go on a mission with an acceptable reason but a military person is not afforded that luxury. I believe our firemen and policemen should have their own combined or individual days of recognition as they choose but until they are subjected to the same regulations, standards and physical requirements as the military they should not be recognized in conjunction with the brave living and dead military. I have visited many military cemeteries and have yet to see a marker signifying a policeman or fireman only military.

Dennis Davis
3 years ago
Reply to  The ugly truth

I Sympathize with you T. U. T. and I give you the Thumbs Up. While I Never Openly Disagree with ANY Combat Veteran, we share a household with a Vietnam Marine Vet with 3 Purple Hearts and I see the Dillema as one Needing Dedicated, No, “Committed” Manpower on the side of America!
The Anarchists, and Islamists “Do” Plan to take over and Dominate The Earth. We need All the Manpower that’s Willing to Donate Their Lives to the Cause of saving America And The Civilized World. Again, I Can’t disagree with your Reasoning. I’m speaking out of Desperation!
Sp/4 US Army 61-63.

Diana Erbio
3 years ago

Forever grateful to all who have sacrificed so much to preserve our freedoms!

3 years ago
Reply to  Diana Erbio

Very well said.

3 years ago
Reply to  PaulE

The same goes for me, too..

daniel mcfadden
3 years ago
Reply to  Diana Erbio

spent 2 tours in vietnam 1967-1969 on the DMZ if rino thanks he is so smart and brave lets put uniform on him give him a nice gun and send him to the front lines like i did in vietnam for a year then he may be more proud of his freedom that he has due to thouse who gave their life so the USA could be free. danvet from indiana.

Dennis Davis
3 years ago

I have the Highest Admiration for you Daniel McFadden. It Humbles me and leaves me feeling somewhat less significant that I did my tour at a time when The Cold War and The Cuban Missle were the Main Events of the Era. Thanks to You for Your Service!

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