Today's Two Cents honors all of the veterans in our area. A big heartfelt "thank you" for making the sacrifices necessary to have a free and democratic society in a world where threats come from every direction.
To the World War II veterans, thank you for never losing the will to battle the worst evil we faced in the 20th century. Thanks for free European nations that seem to have forgotten your sacrifices and now turn their back when we ask for their help. Thanks for fighting an enemy driven by religious fervor and a lack of respect for human life that led them to blow themselves up to take as many of their enemies as possible.
To the vets of the "Forgotten War"--Korea--a hearty thank you for your unfortunately anonymous service. You had your hands tied by the United Nations and a President unwilling to use all means necessary to achieve total victory. You endured tortuous weather conditions and outside interference from both the Chinese communists and the White House to achieve a spectacular "tie". Hopefully we can bring our troops home from that conflict sometime this century.
To those who served in Vietnam--a thank you and an apology. We sent you to fight a war for group of people who didn't want you there and for an ideal the natives did not believe in. We sold you out at home, calling your mission a lost cause and even calling you killers of innocents. Has the country really learned its lesson from this war?
To those who served during the cold war--congratulations on a job well done. You acheived a spectacular victory without firing many shots. There are more people living in democracies now than at any time in history. All because you were there "on the wall" projecting America's strength around the world and serving as a beacon of freedom to the world.
And for those serving now in the War on Terror--a big thank you and please hang in there. Ignore the naysayers who say you have lost...ignore the interference from Washington trying to undermine your efforts and hang in there for the long haul. There are a lot more of them than us out there--but we have freedom on our side--and with that we cannot fail.
To everyone who put on the uniform--from those of us who never did--thank you for all of the liberties you have guaranteed for us.