Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran’s Day: Remembering Why We Fight

Happy Veterans Day to one and all; and a special, humble, thanks to the over 23 million Americans who have served, and are now serving, in uniform to make the world safe for democracy. While the face of freedom’s enemy morphs over time, we must remain forever vigilant against its eternal malignancy. Lest we forget.


I know this was posted by robert anthony in yesterday’s comments, butt since today is Veteran’s Day, it’s a good opportunity to repost Weasel Zippers Fun Fact of the Day, via an email from Bill in Kentucky to Bret Baier:

“Putting things in perspective: March 21st 2010 to October 1 2013 is 3 years, 6 months, 10 days.  December 7, 1941 to May 8, 1945 is 3 years, 5 months, 1 day.  What this means is that in the time we were attacked at Pearl Harbor to the day Germany surrendered is not enough time for this progressive federal government to build a working webpage.  Mobilization of millions, building tens of thousands of tanks,  planes, jeeps, subs, cruisers, destroyers, torpedoes, millions upon millions of guns, bombs, ammo, etc. Turning the tide in North Africa,  Invading Italy, D-Day,  Battle of the Bulge, Race to Berlin – all while we were also fighting the Japanese in the Pacific!!  And in that amount of time – this administration can’t build a working webpage.”

Also in less time than it took the Wizards of Smart to build a website, two titans of American industry - car builder William Knudson and shipbuilder Henry J. Kaiser - transformed America’s industrial strength in 1941 into the “Arsenal of Democracy” that propelled our Greatest Generation and our Allies to victory in WWII. (see Freedom’s Forge; it’s an amazing story)

DP-Willow-Run-B-24-Bomber-Production When Detroit was great: Willow Run B-24 Bomber plant, home of Rosie the Riveter, during WWII. Now scheduled for demolition, like most of Detroit

Sometimes our Vets face mortal combat, (from the top: WWI, WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War 1, Iraq War, Afghanistan War)


d-day landing korean war soldiers 



gulf-war 1

Iraq war


afghanistan medivac01

And sometimes they just stand as centurions at the gate:


Until such time as the gates are taken down

the-most-memorable-photos-of-the-fall-of-berlin-the-wall-2Fall of the Berlin Wall

by wise men with a vision for the world much larger than themselves:

reagan brandenburg“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”

Men more concerned with freedom than with their place in history:

stand as one - obamaCandidate Obama in Berlin, 2008: “I love you back, world!”

Because of such men, and because of the men and women they led, these remains of the  Berlin Wall are just artifacts today, reflecting in a pool somewhere outside Berlin.

berlin wall relics reflecting in pond Saturday marked the 24th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

So Happy Veterans Day to everyone who is serving, has ever served, has a family member who served, or who just has heartfelt gratitude for all of our veterans who have helped preserve the last best hope of the world. And I’m not talking about the Won.

Reagan_salute_1984"You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children's children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done."

P.S. Upon finally reading Richard Fernandez’ excellent article, as recommended by Fausta yesterday, I strongly advise you to do so as well, if you haven’t. It is very apropos of which we speak today: The Three Deceits

AN UPDATE FROM CARLYLE FOR EVERYONE WHO HAS BEEN WORRIED AND WONDERING  HOW SHE’S DOING: She is currently in the hospital following surgery. She is quite weak, slowly mending, and promises to be back with a complete update when she is able. I’m certain she would greatly appreciate your prayers.

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Cross-Posted on Patriot Action Network