Op Ed # 618 On Memorial Day and Every Day, "We Will Never Forget"
By Capt Joseph R. John, May 27, 2023
Since General George Washington commanded the Continental Army, over forty-two million Americans have served in the US Armed Forces, under the American Flag in defense of the Republic. In the past 247 years, in combat operations, 714,914 American military personnel have been killed and seven million have been wounded (many were wounded for life) while serving in the US Armed Forces, supporting, and defending the United States.
Each year on Memorial Day weekend we recognize and honor American Patriots who have given their “last full measure of devotion” in their service to the United States, so their fellow Americans could live their lives free from oppression.
We especially Honor American Combat Veterans who gave up their tomorrows, we also remember members of the US Armed Forces going into “Harms Way” who are separated from their loved ones, and US Military Veterans who answered the “Call to Duty” and repeatedly put their lives on the line in the past.
On Memorial Day, the Republic’s most sacred and cherished Patriotic holiday, and every day throughout the year, we also honor the 23 million US Military Veterans who served in the defense of the Republic, then continued to serve their country in so many other meaningful ways.
On this Memorial Day weekend, the nation solemnly pays homage to the thousands of Gold Star Families for the enormity of their sacrifices, and for the loss of their cherished loved ones!
All Active-Duty personnel and US Military Veterans wrote a blank check made payable to “The United States of America” for an amount “up to and including their lives.” The enormity of their sacred pledge often goes unnoticed and continues throughout their lives.
By clicking on the below listed link, you will be able to watch the moving video, “Why I Stand,” in Honor of America’s Fallen, our Wounded Warriors, serving members of the US Armed Forces, and America’s US Military Veterans.
Americans should ensure that the nation’s youth are taught in public schools the accurate, true, and impressive US History in their US History courses, and they are taught in their homes, to “never forget” the sacrifice made over the last 247 years, by over 42 million of American Patriots, who served in the US Armed Forces, and protected and defended the precious freedoms outlined in The Bill of Rights that all Americans enjoy today.
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