Veterans Day 2012

Nov. 11, 2012

Today is Veterans Day. Make sure and thank a Vet.

Also, don’t miss Mark Alexander’s 2011 essay, The Most Noble of American Patriots.

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:12-14)

“Mighty men of valor, men trained for war, who could handle shield and spear, and whose faces were like the faces of lions.” (1 Chronicles 12:8)

American Patriot: Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

“Duty, honor, country: Those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you ought to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.” –Gen. Douglas MacArthur

Millions of Patriots – American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen – have, for generations honored their oath to “support and defend” our the Liberty enshrined in our Constitution. Today, we formally honor them. We remain the proud and the free because they have stood bravely in harm's way, and millions remain on post today. For this, we, the American People, offer our heartfelt thanks.

“War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things; the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feelings which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” –John Stuart Mill

“[I]n our hearts you will always be young, full of the love that is youth – love of life, love of joy, love of country. You fought for your country and for its safety and for the freedom of others with strength and courage. We love you for it. We honor you. And we have faith that, as He does all His sacred children, the Lord will bless you and keep you, the Lord will make His face to shine upon you and give you peace, now and forevermore.” –Ronald Reagan, handwritten note left at the Vietnam Veterans memorial, Veterans Day, November 11, 1988

It was a veteran, not a reporter,
Who guaranteed freedom of the press.

It was a veteran, not a poet,
Who guaranteed freedom of speech.

It was a veteran, not a campus organizer,
Who guaranteed freedom to demonstrate.

It was a veteran, not a minister,
Who guaranteed freedom to worship.

It was a veteran, not a salesman,
Who guaranteed freedom to own property.

It was a veteran, not a travel agent,
Who guaranteed freedom to travel.

It was a veteran, not a politician,
Who guaranteed freedom to vote.

It is a veteran who salutes the Flag,
Risks it all for the Flag,
And who is buried beneath the Flag.
— J. L. Sager

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6 Comments

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Thankyou Mr Steven Stafford, for your defence of LIBERTY with USMC. Thankyou MR Richard Whelan, for your service career in the US NAVY. Thankyou DAD-for your service in the US ARMY-SIGNAL CORPS-WW2, thanyou Uncle Colle and Boyd Davis for your service in VIETNAM-Cee Bees,thankyou cousin Bacchus, for your service in US ARMY-Gulf War ONE.Thankyou Nurses at Walter Reed Hospital-Maryland USA-Rest in Peace-John Connelly-Our Korean War Hero!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

I would like to thank my fellow veterans throughout this great nation. Because of your service we still have our freedom. Only those who have served can know the feeling of contributing to a greater good and not to any individual accomplishment. God keep you and bless you for your service.

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 7:38 AM

dan in Wilder, VT said:

I am very fortunate to be a nurse at a VA hospital. I consider it a great honor to serve and care for America's heroes. I have learned much from them as they tell me their stories. I love them all, even the "tough nuts." It is a wonderful thing to know I am making even a small difference in their lives because their service and sacrifice made a great difference in my life.

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Nam_Vet68 in Philadelphia replied:

Thank You! You are a Patriot!

Monday, November 12, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Nam_Vet68 in Philadelphia said:

“Service to our beloved nation is a God-given opportunity, not a burden.”

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Billy in Fairview Hts, IL said:

Was listening to our local Christian Radio this afternoon - it was time for their annual fund raiser. The most common donation to the station is a dollar a day, their pitch is consider what you can give up to donate one dollar a day, to be a missionary to your community, for just a dollar a day. I support our Radio station because I had prayed for good Christian music in our area and now we have it, as long as we support it. I support Patriot Post because I've prayed for change in this nation, and Patriot Post provides insight on how change can happen, and hope that it will. I am what I can to ensure your can share the truth, and pray for your continued freedom, wisdom, and generosity with your readers. Thank you.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 9:16 PM