November 11, 2009, - 11:31 am
As you know, today is Veterans Day, the day we honor those who served our country– both those who survived and those who gave their lives–so that we could be free. As longtime readers know, I have several veterans in my family, including my father–who was an Army doctor, my great-uncle–who became the highest-ranking U.S. Army medical officer over the South Pacific serving in World War II and beyond as a career military man, and my cousin who currently serves and did several tours in Iraq.
Even though we are extremely proud of our military veterans and the years of their lives they gave in service to our country and protecting its citizens, this Veterans Day has an especially sad pall over it, in light of the Islamic terrorist attack, last week, by a Muslim soldier who was endlessly promoted and helped by ceaseless political correctness. Sadly, I see no end in that, as our top military brass, over the weekend, continued to defend the efforts at “diversity,” which led to the murder of 13 soldiers and the wounding of 30 others. Those thirteen soldiers are now veterans up there in a different place.
Marine Staff Sgt. Mark Graunke, Jr., Iraq War Vet, Hugs Pearl Harbor Survivor/WWII Vet Houston James (Graunke Lost a Leg, Hand, and Eye Defusing a Bomb in Iraq)
Wounded American Marine Salutes President Reagan’s Casket
You’ve seen these photos on this site before, but above are my two favorite pictures that I think well document why Veteran’s Day deserves, at the very least, some pause and reflection on the invaluable contributions veterans have made to the establishment and continued existence of this great country.
On this Veterans Day, I salute reader and blogger, John Robert Mallernee, a highly-decorated career U.S. Army man and veteran who proudly served in Vietnam and Korea and came from a military family. He lives in the Armed Forces Retirement Home a/k/a “the old soldiers home,” and I very much recommend you watch this short video he made of a tour of his room there. It’s not just a “tour of a room,” but a story of a life in the military that isn’t always easy during or after.
Tags: Fort Hood, Fort Hood Massacre, Houston James, John Robert Mallernee, Marine Staff Sft. Mark Graunke, Mark Graunke, political correctness, Veteran's Day