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Veterans Day - Thank You

November 11, 2021
By Paul Williams

George S. Patton Jr. said, "It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather, we should thank God that such men lived." Unfortunately, in our country, we often place the tag of "hero" on those in the entertainment industry, including professional athletes. This week I watched an NFL film on Rocky Bleier. In 1968 Bleier was drafted to be a running back for the Pittsburg Steelers. In December of his rookie season, he was drafted again, but this time to fight in Vietnam and volunteered to go to South Vietnam. While there, he was shot in the leg and took shrapnel from a grenade. His military doctors told him he would never play pro football again. He was sent home to rehab. Bleier had a different plan. In 1970 he returned to the Steelers, and within four years, he was a starting running back for the Steelers, and he went on to help them win four super bowls. Besides being a super bowl winner, Bleier received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. I believe he embodies the spirit of the American soldier.

So, to our men and women in uniform, past, present, and future, God bless you and thank you. To those in uniform serving today and those who have served in the past, we honor you today and every day. Elmer Davis* said, "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." To all who have put their lives on the line in defense of this country, thank you. Barack Obama said, "Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay. But we can honor their sacrifice, and we must." So, we honor you today.

I still proudly sing the national anthem and embrace the words of singer-songwriter Lee Greenwood, "And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know I'm free, and I don't forget the men who died, who gave that right to me." We celebrate this day every year in an effort not to forget. Eleanor Roosevelt remarked that freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility." So, let's not forget the responsibility we have to honor those who have served on our behalf. Our freedom came because of their sacrifice. Thank you, veterans!

*Elmer Davis - war reporter born in Aurora, Indiana, in 1890

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