May 31, 2010, - 11:50 am

Memorial Day: They Gave Their Lives–& Their Lives Were Taken From Them–So We Could Be Free

By Debbie Schlussel

My late father (Blessed Be His Memory)–a proud U.S. Army veteran who served during Vietnam–taught me from a young age, appreciation for our military who served our country with pride and courage.  He was always proud of our American troops and instilled in me that lifelong appreciation of those who made the ultimate sacrifice so that his family, my family, could be free, after having escaped the anti-Semitism of Europe, where they were mostly wiped out by the Nazis and the preceding pogroms.


U.S. Army Sgt. Chris Moore @ the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Photo by H. Darr Beiser/USA Today)


Natl Guard Staff Sgt. Duane Dreasky is Buried in Arlington Natl. Cemetery

It’s trite but true: Today is a day that’s much more than hot dogs and picnics. It’s far more important. It’s about remembering those who gave their lives (and limbs) so that we could be and remain–to this day–free. Freedom isn’t free. For or against the war? Either way, they gave their lives so that you could travel, gather, associate, and speak your mind.

They’re young men like Marine Cpl. Jacob Tubett, married just two years and so young–murdered by the Taliban at age 21 on February 13th of this year. His widow, Crystal, is only 20. They’re great Americans, like Michigan National Guardsman Sgt. Duane Dreasky (my posts about him here, here here, here, here, and here), who volunteered to go to Iraq, even though–after a year serving at Guantanamo Bay–he was assigned to stay here in comfort as a recruiter. He died in 2006, after a valiant 8-month fight to survive wounds from a terrorist attack near Habbaniyah, Iraq. The heroic Dreasky suffered burns over 75% of his body, but still tried to salute President Bush when he visited his bedside.

Many Americans don’t think often, if at all, about our brave troops, especially the ones we remember today who made the ultimate sacrifice. You might be on a plane, reading the paper or a magazine, and not know or appreciate that one of our first-class American Heroes is riding beneath you . . .


But despite the fact that far too many Americans care more about Kardashians than your sacrifices for our country, a good nucleus of righteous American people care about you, our soldiers, our fighting men and women, whose lives were taken from them so we could still live free.

To all of our American soldiers, living and dead, we salute you, we pray for you, we appreciate you, and we thank you for fighting for our freedom and the continued existence of our beloved country. To those for whom Memorial Day is meant, thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice for us, for our freedom. Rest in Peace.



Tomb of the Unknown Soldier


Graves of Some of Our Fallen Heroes at Arlington National Cemetery


Graves of American Soldiers Who Gave Their Lives in WII @ Normandy


Today, among the many we mourn, I include my cousin, the late Col. Albert H. Schlussel of the U.S. Air Force, who served in WWII and Korea and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Zichrono LiVrachah [Blessed Be His Memory].

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11 Responses

A fabulous article, and tribute to all of those who have fought and died for our freedoms! LET FREEDOM RING!

Pamela Bunta on May 31, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Thank you for this excellent article and tribute to our United States soldiers, Debbie. G-d bless the United States troops.

JeffE on May 31, 2010 at 12:21 pm

We salute your Dad Debbbie
We Give Thanks to the soldiers for their sacrifice.
Not one shed tear went unoticed by God.
Today I would like to honor my son my hero who served 3 tours in Iraq-USMC.
When my son asked me to sign the papers for him join the Marines at 17, I asked him to wait—it was Dec. 2002 and it looked as if we would be going to war very soon;
His reply. “Mom If I have to die for my country, then I’ll consider it an honor”
To all our Brave heroes who paid the ultimate price for freedom.
You are the real heroes; and anyone who is “Anyone” knows this!

Miss Truth on May 31, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Many are the hearts that are weary tonight, wishing for the war to cease. Many are the hearts looking for the right to see the dawn of peace …”
Happy memorial day America!

Jacqueline Hanna Youssef on May 31, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Off topic: (or is it?)

On this Memorial Day, an attempt–which may seem small today–is being made to take away our freedoms generally and that of journalists–like our Debbie’s–freedom in particular.

Please read this link below:

JeffE on May 31, 2010 at 1:22 pm

They gave their lives so this POTUS could guse it for some “Me time” and hang with his family in their old nabe and party across the street from their neighbor Louis Farakahn the Head Thug of Nation of Islam thuggery and place the secret service at the doorstep of the “fruits of Islam.” Never mind that Arlington is where he should have been. Never mind that the guy in charge of Arlington is retiring in July and Obama not only dissed him but everyone else in America ever – dead and living. Never mind that Obama’s lame attempt at a speech to his sheep in Chicago was rained out. Guess he was afraid he’s lose a vote if someone got hit by lighting. Obama is a disgrace. Maybe he simply doesn’t know any better. He certainly was not taught better as a small Muslim boy attending the Masrasah.

ShmeeAvram on May 31, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Barack Obama doesn’t deserve to be at Arlington..
He doesn’t deserve to be in the presence of Greatness.
Let him hang out with “Thugs and Terrorists”..That is where he belongs.
When you obtain the office of Presidency through deception; I believe that is called an imposter, and a criminal.
Birds of a feather flock together.

Miss Truth on May 31, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Miss Truth – I could not agree with you more. Did B. Hussein Obama go to his mosque this weekend in Chicago? He probably avoided Rev. Wrong’s anti-American church.

    – somewhere in Chicago an ACORN office is missing its community organizing idiot

    Jarhead on May 31, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Blessed Be to your father, Debbie. From what you have said about him over the years, he sounds like a great man, and an awesome Dad. Wonderful tribute as always, keep up the great work.

perception of truth on May 31, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Well said, Debbie.

Not Ovenready on May 31, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Thank you for that beautiful tribute Debbie. My father was a Marine (I say was because he’s deceased – although I understand he’s still a Marine in heaven)at Guadalcanal with the 1st Marine Division. He was also a first-born American; his mother and father survived and fled the pogroms in Russia.

My father instilled in me love of freedom and liberty. It was with pride that I served in the Army during the Cold War, and with pride that I have supported my son in joining the Army National Guard (he is currently enjoying the rigors of basic combat training).

It is with love that we honor those who served, and those who are serving to keep us free. Only in the USA can you love your country so much you’d die for it; and be free to hate it without repercussions.

God Bless America, and God Bless our Troops!

Sara Crusade on May 31, 2010 at 9:56 pm

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