Let's take some time today, whether you're at work or have the day off, to honor America's Veterans, past, present and future. If you don't know the history of Veterans Day, click here for some background.
Just yesterday, I received an e-mail passed along by a friend that objected to the 'apology tour' of a certain American president that is unprecedented in our history. The e-mail offered as food for thought a number of pictures of American cemeteries overseas that are testaments to the valor of our brave soldiers who died defending the United States, our allies and indeed the world from the threat of totalitarianism, which was that days' terrorism. Not a lot of European men and women buried on U.S. soil defending freedom, folks. As the e-mail stated, we don't ask for acclamation, but we don't need to apologize.
Here's just a few of those photos, many of which are beautiful, but sobering, and definitely some food for thought as you go about your day. You can see these pictures, and many more, at the American Battle Monuments Commission website: "The ABMC commemorative mission is reflected in 24 overseas military cemeteries that serve as resting places for almost 125,000 American war dead; on Tablets of the Missing that memorialize more than 94,000 U.S. servicemen and women; and through 25 memorials, monuments and markers."
Wonder if President Obama's ever heard of this?
The American Cemetery at Ardennes, Belgium. A total of 5329 of our dead, many of whom died in the 1944 Ardennes winter offensive (Battle of the Bulge).
Cambridge American Cemetary, England. A total of 3812 of our military dead.
Henri-Chapelle, Belgium. A total of 7992 of our military dead.
There are many more, but you get the idea.