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May 24, 2024

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Letters 5-21-14

What Happened To Tradition And Being Unified???

With the approach of D-Day looming (June 6, 1944) and Memorial Day just around the corner, I thought it fitting to send in some thoughts written by the Rev. Dennis Edwards, Chaplain, U.S. Marine Corps.


It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the soldier, who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, and who allows the protester to burn the flag.

I remember as a child going to our Memorial Day parade and standing with my hand over my heart when our flag went by. My Dad and other men removed their hats and saluted or stood quietly as the groups passed. The collective mind-set then was traditional and unified.

My Dad served, my step-Dad and Uncles served. All have passed on now but if they were here they would be just as furious as I am about what this government, the ACLU, Atheists and other special interest groups are doing to our Vets! Men who proudly served to allow you the freedoms you enjoy.

Recently, Dr. Sam Foote, a whistleblower who worked at the Phoenix VA Hospital reported a scheme to hide the terrible wait times for treatment. The average wait time for treatment is 140-210 days. 40 VETS DIED because of delayed treatment. 596,061 claims are pending and medical records have been lost or destroyed to alter the facts.

Radical atheist groups are demanding the crosses and other religious symbols be chiseled off the graves at military cemeteries. At Walter Reed Hospital (2011) new rules were posted. No religious items, Bibles, reading materials are allowed or to be used during a visit.

At Arlington National Cemetery, the ACLU won a lawsuit to force the Pentagon to start removing crosses used as grave markers.

Two years ago, Christian prayers were banned at Veteran funeral services in Houston’s National Cemetery.

A Christian cross was banned from a military chapel in Afghanistan.

Military chaplains were told they were not allowed to pray “In Jesus’ name”.

These and hundreds of other incidents occur daily. From the government’s ludicrous claim of Fort Hood “workplace violence” to the conviction of Army Ranger Lt. Michael Behenna, imprisoned at Fort Leavenworth for shooting Ali Mansur, a known Al Qaeda operative in Iraq. (The government’s own expert witness concluded he acted in self defense). Why was he court martialed for doing under battle conditions which is what he was trained to do?

Sadly, the collective mind-set is no longer traditional and unified in our country.

Sam Adams said, “It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate tireless minority keen to set brush fires of freedom in the minds of men.”

Americans, wake up!!! Start seeking the TRUTH and ACT on it! God Bless our Veterans and our nation.