November 11, 2013, - 12:57 pm
Veterans Day 2013: Remember the Sacrifices & Bring Our Troops in Afghanistan Home So They’ll Be Vets, Not Casualties
As I always say on Veterans Day and Memorial Day, the service and sacrifices of those brave men who served on the battlefield and in other capacities should be remembered every single day and not just on these two holidays. And as I also always say, on this day, let’s remember those who are still serving America and bring them home safely so that they, too, will be veterans and not casualties. Without them, we wouldn’t be here, and we certainly wouldn’t be free. But their lives and limbs should be sacrificed sparingly . . . for things that matter, for wars that matter.
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
Today, as we celebrate Veterans Day and remember the service and sacrifices of those who served and survived, let’s remember that while they may have survived, many of our former troops came home with arms and legs missing, with eyes gone and whole faces and body parts disfigured, making life difficult for them forever. And let’s ask ourselves why we went into Iraq and Afghanistan, and why more than a decade later, we still have troops on the ground in Afghanistan, giving their limbs and lives on a regular basis. Think of those still in Afghanistan and ask why Barack Obama, who made a campaign pledge in 2008 to bring them all home, has not fulfilled his promise. These men are sitting ducks, being picked off daily. For what?
We went to “war” in Iraq and Afghanistan without actually going to war. While our military men were handing out candy and building roads to nowhere, Muslims surrounding them were always at war, constantly blowing our boys to bits. We went to war in Iraq to essentially hand over the country from Sunni Muslims who hate us (but maintained a sort of stability and bulwark against Iran) to Shi’ite Muslims who hate us and take orders from the Iranian Ayatollahs.
On this Veterans Day, I remember those who served in World War II, a war which America actually had the guts to fight. We weren’t there handing out candy and building roads while bombs fell upon us. We were prosecuting a war. And that’s why we won. I wonder what most of those World War II heroes–almost all of them now dead–think of the appeasement of the new (and old) Nazis, the Muslims, that has been going on in this country for years and became appeasement on steroids after 9/11 and ever since. Would we have appeased the Japanese because they bombed us at Pearl Harbor? No way.
Today, I will visit the graves of my two favorite vets, my late father, who served as a U.S. Army Captain during Vietnam, and my great-uncle Maurice J. Schlussel, MD, who became the U.S. Army’s chief medical officer for the South Pacific after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. I know Uncle Maurice would be sickened by today’s appeasement of the enemy. He would ask why we fought and died over there, if we aren’t willing to protect those things on U.S. soil, and merely open the floodgates repeatedly to invaders. It is a good thing the current and last President were not around back then, during World War II, or we’d be saluting Hitler’s grandson. Or, rather, you would be, as the rest of my family would have perished in the ovens.
My Dad’s Army Uniform From During Vietnam
Today, there are few World War II vets left. They are in their late ’80s and ’90s. The oldest known living World War II vet, Richard Overton, is 107. But it is ironic that Overton, today, will visit the Obama White House (watch the video of Richard Overton speaking about serving in WWII), the symbol of the anti-Veteran and the residence of the King of Appeasement. Neville Chamberlain would be proud.
Richard Overton, Oldest Known Living World War II Vet . . .
So, today, as you watch the President at various Veterans Day ceremonies, giving speeches and regurgitating trite plaudits to our military that he does not mean, know that the ghosts of Arlington National Cemetery cry out over his transgressions, his deliberate missteps that attempt to reverse what they fought for.
Pray for our troops that are still serving. Appreciate their service and pray for their well being.
Bring them home alive in one peace, so that they will be veterans next Veterans Day and not the mourned next Memorial Day.
To those who served and survived, Happy Veterans Day to you and thank you for your service. Thank you for risking your life and limb so that I can live my life freely. So that I can say what I want here on this website. Your risks and service mean the world to me.
To most of us.
Thanks, Dad, and thanks, Uncle Maurice. And thanks to all of you who kept us alive and safe on U.S. shores in whatever capacity in which you served.
If you’ve ever warn the American military uniform in service to America, G-d Bless You (unless, of course, you spent your time in uniform appeasing the enemy).
Jewish-American Soldiers Pray at Goebbels’ House in Germany (See My Other Cool, Inspiring Photos of Jewish Soldiers Praying at Normandy, Etc.) . . .
Pfc. Abraham Mirmelstein (left) of Newport News, VA holds the Torah scroll as Capt Manual M. Poliakoff (center) and Corp. Martin Willien, cantor, both of Baltimore conduct Jewish prayer services at Schloss Rheydt, the castle home of Dr. Josef Paul Goebbels, Nazi propaganda minister, in Munchen Gladbach, Germany. The services, held in memory of soldiers of the Jewish faith who died in the drive to the Rhine, were the first held east of the Roer River in Germany. The photo was taken by the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1945 or ’46.