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Veteran's Day message
November 13, 2008 - Cheryl Clarke
Though it is a little late to write this, I feel I must respond to the post attached to my last blog.
I had the honor of attending two Veteran's Day events this past week, and also to speak with the young wife of a soldier who is returning home from nearly a year in Afghanistan, where he went voluntarily to defend his country.
Contrary to Flannery's post, these young men and women don't consider the reason they are there because of "one man's ego," referring to Pres. Bush. Rather, what I have heard and seen in the years since this war began in 2003 is just the opposite.
They feel, almost all of them, that they are over there to serve and protect this nation, and that they have a job to do and are doing it. They feel that they are accomplishing their goal, and rehabilitating the people of Iraq, as well as winning in Afghanistan, though it is a bit tougher for them there because of the rugged terrain.
When people make comments like yours, it demeans their mission, and make them feel like the people they are protecting don't appreciate their sacrifice.
I know times are not the same now as they were in the days of the founding fathers, of course they are not, but our people at their core, are. Our nation is still the best place in the world to live, and despite what the media at large thinks about our leadership, I for one, do not agree.
I believe Pres. Bush will be vindicated by history, and if he isn't, it will be because of the lies perpetrated by the media. The very fact that we haven't had an attack on our own soil since the tragic day Sept. 11, 2001, tells me that Pres. Bush took his job to protect our nation seriously, and he accomplished his goal.
Though we have not yet tracked down Osama Bin Laden, I have faith that day will come, as long as our troops are allowed to finish the job they started.
I say, God Bless Pres. Bush and his family, and if I had the chance, I would thank him personally, as I do whenever I meet a soldier who has served in Iraq or Afghanistan or their families. They are real American heroes, and I can only hope that our new president has the same guts and patriotism at his core as his predecessor does.
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