In honor and memory of all those who have given their lives in the cause of freedom, I wanted to say ‘Thank you’. My generation, and those generations before mine and too many of those now and in the future, have and will live through decades of war. Some of those wars were justified but I believe all wars can be prevented and lives can be spared.
The war of my youth was Vietnam.
Weeks before Lyndon B. Johnson declared war, my father died. His military service during World War II was his proudest hour. When he returned, there were no jobs and he took whatever work came his way to feed his family.
I believe the men and women who are serving our country are doing so in good faith. I believe they deserve our gratitude – no matter what our thoughts about the war they are fighting.
When Veterans return from their service, the least we can do is honor their sacrifice and their commitment to our country and way of life.
Thank you and God Bless.