This is an editorial from the Combat Veterans for Congress Political Action Committee that commemorates our fallen patriots on this Memorial Day. It is posted here with the permission of the author. CVFC PAC supports the election of US military combat veterans to the US Senate and House of Representatives. Their cause is righteous, and generous donations are welcome at the links at the end. Note: I am on the PAC’s board of directors in the capacity of Director of Congressional and Public Relations. The editorial begins:
Since General George Washington commanded the Continental Army, forty-two million Americans have served in defense of the Republic under the American Flag. In the past 245 years, one million American military personnel have been killed in combat and operation while serving their country, and another million and a half have been wounded.
Each year on Memorial Day weekend we recognize and honor American patriots who have given the “last full measure of devotion” in their service to the Republic, so their fellow Americans could live their lives free from oppression.
This year we ask all Americans to support active duty and reserve service members who, for the first time in 245 years, are undergoing a “patriot purge” to find “patriot extremists” in the US Military. Bishop Garrison, the Senior Advisor to The Secretary of Defense on Human Capital and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, is implementing actions to locate and eliminate “patriot extremism”; he is developing recommendations to prevent “patriot extremists” from serving in the US armed forces. Garrison repeatedly stated that anyone in the US Armed Forces who supported President Donald J. Trump is a racist and must be purged from the US Military.
We not only honor American combat veterans who gave up their tomorrows and members of the US armed forces who are separated from their loved ones, often going into “Harm’s Way,” but we also honor veterans who answered the call of duty in the past.
On this Memorial Day weekend, the Republic’s most sacred and cherished patriotic holiday, the nation solemnly pays homage to the thousands of Gold Star families for the enormity of their sacrifices and the loss of their cherished loved ones!
On Memorial Day, and every day throughout the year, we also honor the 23 million veterans who served in the defense of the Republic and then continued to serve their country in so many other ways.
All active-duty personnel and 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 that sacred pledge often goes unnoticed.
Watch the moving video below, “Why I Stand,” in Honor of America’s Fallen, Wounded Warriors, members of the US Armed Forces, and in Honor of America’s Veterans:
Americans should ensure that the nation’s youth are taught in their US history courses in school and in their homes to “never forget” the enormity of the sacrifice made through the decades by millions of American patriots who protected and defended the freedoms all Americans enjoy.
Joseph R. John, USNA ‘62
CAPT, USN(Ret)/Former FBI
Chairman, Combat Veterans For Congress PAC
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