My grandfather lived through the Great War - the War to end all wars. And I think of him on this eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month honoring the Armistice. I remember my grandfather on this day along with my father who fought in WWII in Africa and Italy. Today especially, I think of my nephew who has fallen on the battlefield in Afghanistan engaged in combat with the ancient cult of murder and slavery called Islam.
Those of us who have fought wars always remember and pray for peace. I think of my own service during the Vietnam War era and the Cold War when we manned Minuteman Missiles with warheads too terrible to use and we prayed that the communists would not start another war that no one could win. And yet faith in America and God allowed us to win even though some of us had doubted.
And so it has always been and with Gods grace - shall always be.
Though we have lost battles, America has won all of our wars. We now fight new wars and yet we still pray and long for peace, as do our military leaders. It is a lie to argue that military leaders want war. They want peace more than the mindless protesters that carry flowers and chant their childish slogans. Without the sacrifice of my grandfather, my father, and my nephew, these mindless protesters would be slaves. Each protester, abusing his freedom by mindlessly protesting war and aiding our enemy, without the sacrifices of veterans, would be one of the countless millions slaughtered, in the twentieth century, by totalitarian cults that have vowed to destroy freedom, America and civilization.
The difference is that veterans know that both freedom and peace is earned by brave men who pay for it with blood and sacrifice. Veterans understand that peace is only achieved through strength and that it is only weak nations that tolerate the ancient sins of murder and slavery.
The sacrifice of our veterans contrast sharply with our politicians. These self-serving politicians provide our enemies with aid and comfort through their words of surrender and appeasement even as American soldiers die at the hands of our rhetoric emboldened enemies.
The hollow words from those with neither courage nor faith strike deep into the heart and soul of those of us that have fought for freedom. We endure with the courage born of a divine and infinite source of wisdom. History will judge the dishonesty and cowardice of the appeasers just as it has the courage and valor of our American veterans.
We are told by some, that America should be a nation of peace and never make war. Yet what generation of Americans have not known war? What generation has not had to fight to secure our freedom? America has never wanted nor started any war. Wars are waged by cults of murder and slavery that would destroy all freedom. While cowards run away and hide, many from each generation have answered the call to preserve and defend the first and greatest democratic republic the world has ever known. We honor and remember those who served and sacrificed along with all those who serve today.
This day, especially, I think of our soldiers stationed in theaters of war and other violent places. I pray that all Americans will join me on this sacred day and say a thankful prayer for you and your sacrifice, as one of many who proudly serve, protecting our freedom and saving the world from threats of war and destruction.
Never forget that soldiers are not alone, our prayers and generations of warriors stand with you in spirit this day. We owe you a debt that can only be repaid as each generation reveres, preserves and honors your precious gift of liberty through the exercise of responsible thought, speech and behavior.
May the Angel who directs the whirlwind and rides with our warriors in the storms of war, help secure freedom and justice throughout the world. May God bless, guide and protect all our soldiers in this noble mission to preserve the light of freedom for our nation and all mankind. May we never, ever forget the true cost of our freedom. And, may we never forget the name of Sgt. Jason McCluskey, one of many who has paid that ultimate price for all of us.