…Against All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic
*** FOR VETERANS DAY ***
The year is 1918, and on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, fighting came to a close on what came to be known as, "The War to End All Wars." There had been nothing like it in the history of the world and the hope was that such a conflict would never again be repeated. A year later the occasion was commemorated on 11 November, 1919 by a proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson as the first Armistice Day.
The Congress officially recognized the end of the World War I on 4 June 1926 and in 1938, an act of Congress justified a change:
“Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation’s history; after American forces had fought aggression in Korea, the 83rd Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation (Public Law 380) on June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.”
While Memorial Day commemorates American servicemen and women who have lost their lives in the service of their country, Veterans Day commemorates all members of our Armed Forces and their service.
To those of you who have served, why did you become what we recognize today as a veteran? You had your reasons, and you must have understood the cost, because in one way or another you have certainly paid it. In many cases, you may have sacrificed time from your families, brothers and sisters in arms on the battlefield, as well as blood and body to the cause. For you recognize that sometimes, blood is the currency of Liberty and always the cost of tyranny.
Maybe we can relate to this counsel from early presidents of the Republic, who spoke from painful experience…
“To be prepared for war is one of the most effectual means of preserving peace.”
- George Washington, First Annual Address to both houses of Congress, 8 January, 1790
“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants.”
- Thomas Jefferson letter to William Smith, 13 November 1787
“The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen of slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms…”
- General George Washington - Address to the Continental Army before the Battle of Long Island, 27 August, 1776
Do the veterans of yesteryear understand the veterans of today? Do the veterans of today understand the veterans of yesteryear?
To those who took the oath to support and defend the Constitution, we of the Constitution Party, especially, Thank you! We value your sacrifice, knowledge, patriotism, and continued commitment. You may no longer be subject to the UCMJ or the orders of the President and officers, but we recognize also that said oath to “…support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic…” has no expiration date… does it?
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