Thursday, October 23, 2008

Twenty-five Years Ago...

Thanks to all the good conservative military blogs to remind us that twenty-five years ago today, we lost precious Marines in Beruit. Was it the first suicide murderer ? Was it a wake-up call our country ignored? Or is it one we now see clearly as the beginning of a struggle with terrorism. Does it matter when we mark the beginning of the war on terrorism?

We need to remember. Michelle Malkin lists all 241 names. They had wives, children, moms, and dads.

Those men were in harm's way while I chased a toddler. Two of my sons had not even been born. Now that toddler serves in the Air Force, and our middle son is busy doing homework at chemical corps school in the Army.

Twenty-five years ago, parents of military servicemen and women did not have blogs to journal on, nor email to communicate immediately with their loved ones. We are so blessed to live in the greatest nation on earth. But, our freedom is not free. Each generation has to purchase it, guard it, teach it's worth.

“It’s the soldier, not the reporter who has given us the freedom of the press.
It’s the soldier, not the poet, who has given us the freedom of speech.
It’s the soldier, not the politicians that ensures our right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
It’s the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag.” Wish I knew how to link to Neptunus Lex---found this poem there, and he has a great quote from a brave man calling the media on their bias on the bailout/mortgage crisis. (Orson Scott Card)

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