To The Veterans: Thank You


On the 11th day of the 11th month in the 11th hour in 1918, the Germans signed the Armistice, effectively ending World War I.  One year later, President Woodrow Wilson declared November 11th a Federal Holiday to remember those who have served.

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

President Wilson was also very sensitive to the psychological toll that those lean years of war had taken on the soldiers.  He stated, “Hunger, breeds madness.”  So to show his appreciation to the veterans who had served, he invited 2,000 soldiers to the White House and helped his chefs cook up a massive ravioli dinner.  He knew the returning soldiers would be longing for home cooked meals and at that time in our nation’s history, ravioli was a mainstay in American diets thanks to commercial canning.

On a personal note, I come from a long line of military veterans.  My grandfather served in World War I, my father served in Korea and Vietnam, and my brother served in Vietnam.  Additionally, many uncles, cousins and in-laws  have also served our country.  I am extremely proud and eternally grateful for their sacrifices and their bravery.  Currently, the children of those relatives are now serving in today’s military.  It is a very proud tradition for our family.

It pains me to see the defense budget being cut.  I realize that the Obama administration is scaling back in Iraq, but they are pledging support and troops to Uganda.  Our military is what stands between us and the opposition, in this case the Taliban and Al-Qaeda.  While Obama tells us that Americans have war fatigue he fails to recognize that the Islamic radicals DO NOT.  They are just as eager to wipe out our society as they have been.  They also have immense patience.  So, the Defense Department can look forward to a substantial cut of $450 BILLION or more while the Islamic terrorists jump for joy.  Not to mention that with those cuts, we can expect our unemployment rolls to jump by 1 million in the next 5 years.  It seems a bit counter-intuitive to speak about your commitment to creating  jobs while putting people out of work.

By the same token, it also seems counter-intuitive to send military fighting men and women into battle while tying their hands in terms of engaging with the enemy.  Obama has asked our troops to adhere to some arbitrary rules of engagement while our enemy has no rules.  Nothing is off-limits to the extremists.  Killing innocent men, women and children mean nothing to these people.  The scariest person in the world is the one who is more than willing to die for the cause.  If a person has absolutely nothing to fear because they have nothing to lose, it behooves the strategist to grant their wish because nothing short of death will stop them in their quest.  And if death means nothing to the combatant, then you can be assured it means nothing to them if someone else dies regardless if it is a civilian.  This administration fails to understand what it would take to win the war.  Nothing short of obliteration will be a victory.

May God bless our troops and their families without whom I could never write this piece.

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    Nov 27, 2011 @ 00:22:56

    How we tret our veterans is aweful. They gave their courage for our country and deserve to be treated better. Thank you!

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