Staff Sgt. Norman Ansel WWII Veteran (my dad.) Memorial Day 2010. Over 1,000,000 Americans have paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedoms sake, since the founding of this great nation. That number continues to go higher each time a telegram comes stating “We regret to inform you!” America’s sons and daughters are still being lost to the ravages of war, and my heart breaks for their families.
We celebrate Memorial Day on the last Monday in May to honor the fallen hero’s from past wars. The on going conflicts in Iraq and Afganistan continue to tax our resolve as a free Democratic nation. We may disagree on politics and policy, but may we always embrace the individuals who serve, protect, and defend the Land of the Free and Home of the Brave! May we not dishonor them, and their service to our country by forgetting the price that was paid for that freedom.
I sometimes wonder where would France, and Italy, Great Britain, and the whole of Europe be today, had not the United States of America taken a stand for freedom. Tens of thousands of our finest young men and women rest on foreign soil. They did not come home to their mothers, fathers, wives, girlfriends, children, relatives, and friends. For them the promise of “Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness was over!” Most cut down in the prime of their lives. Dreams, hopes, and aspirations terminated by henchmen of evil.
As a nation we are not perfect, but as I look around I feel we are this planets last hope. As nation after nation gives into the demands of terrorist, true freedom, for many, is on the brink of extinction. Just this past week I read where the United Kingdom is considering removing any record of the Holocaust from it’s textbooks, because it offends Muslims. You see many Muslims deny that the Holocaust ever happened. On the same page I also saw where a 13 year old Schenectady New York schoolgirl was suspended from school for wearing a rosary around her neck. Our Constitutional freedoms, that these valient warriors fought and died for, are increasingly at risk from our own politically correct leaders. Not only is our Constitution under attack, but America’s Christian heritage is being denied and maligned, by those who want to rewrite and reinterpret our founding fathers words and intentions.
I implore you today, as you enjoy the freedom to have a picnic, or day at the lake, or just relaxing in your home, remember those fellow Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice. If we fail to pass down to each succeeding generation the truth of freedoms cost, then we will cease to be a shining light in a dark world.
I for one promise never to forget, and I want to express my sincere respect and gratitude for those that answered the call, both living and deceased. You are all hero’s in my eyes, and this country owes you a debt of thankfulness like no other.
Viet-Nam Era Veteran SP/5 Mike Ansel