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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"We Could Not Forget Them": A Tribute to Our Troops- A Post by Conservative Girl with a Voice

Today is the day that we honor and remember all the veterans who have served this great country. While November 11th is a national holiday of remembrance and thanks, we should frequently take the time to honor our veterans, for without them, America would not be the strong country she is today. Like you, I have an intense love and deep appreciation for our men and women in uniform. I cannot even begin to imagine how difficult it must be to have to pack up and ship out, leaving your family and friends for an extended amount of time. Many return and some do not. I always wonder what these men and women must be thinking as they travel to where they will be stationed. There is no doubt they think about there families and loved ones back home. Our military men and women do so much for us, this is why it is important that we do everything in our power to support and honor them. They are the reason why we are free! They are the reason why we have the freedoms and liberties we do! They are the reason why we are able stand up and speak out. Say a message of thanks. Give them a hug. Tell them how much their service means. Fly and wave your flag proudly. These brave men and women are the TRUE HEROES among us. Let us honor them not only today, but everyday!

Below are Veterans Day messages from two of my role models: Ronald Reagan and Sarah Palin. Their words correctly explain what so many of us feel:


Arlington National Cemetery Arlington, Virginia

November 11, 1988

PRESIDENT REAGAN: Those who live today remember those who do not. Those who know freedom remember today those who gave up life for freedom.

Today, in honor of the dead, we conduct ceremonies. We lay wreaths. We speak words of tribute. And in our memories, in our hearts, we hold them close to us still. Yet we also know, even as their families knew when they last looked upon them, that they can never be fully ours again, that they belong now to God and to that for which they so selflessly made a final and eternal act of devotion.

We could not forget them. Even if they were not our own, we could not forget them. For all time, they are what we can only aspire to be: giving, unselfish, the epitome of human love -- to lay down one's life so that others might live.We think on their lives. We think on their final moments. In our mind's eye, we see young Americans in a European forest or on an Asian island or at sea or in aerial combat.

And as life expired, we know that those who could had last thoughts of us and of their love for us. As they thought of us then, so, too, we think of them now, with love, with devotion, and with faith: the certainty that what they died for was worthy of their sacrifice -- faith, too, in God and in the Nation that has pledged itself to His work and to the dream of human freedom, and a nation, too, that today and always pledges itself to their eternal memory.

Thank you. God bless you.

A Note of Thanks from Sarah Palin:


In most of our cities and towns, you'll see memorials to brave Americans - some in uniforms of wars from long ago - who defended freedom. If you look down at their inscriptions, you'll see that they were dedicated by the mothers, fathers, wives and orphans of the veterans who gave all for their country. In distant lands across the globe, you'll find silent fields of white markers with the names of Americans who never came home, but who showed their dedication to their country by where they died. Today we honor those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as those who served and came home forever changed by the battlefield.

Remember all the veterans who fought and sacrificed for our freedom today, and then please take the time to thank our brave men and women currently serving in uniform. We owe them so much.

- Sarah Palin

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