Wednesday, September 8, 2010

American Arrogance or American Exceptionalism

It's not Memorial Day, or Veterans' Day, or Armed Forces Day. But there is an email going around entitled American Arrogance and embedded with still images of American cemeteries overseas. Photos available here on another Patriots blog.

My father was a WWII veteran, Army Air Corps -- B24 ball turret gunner with over 50 missions, flying out of Benghazi, Libya -- he went on to retire from the United States Air Force. We were stationed in France in the '60s and my earliest memories are of visiting American cemeteries to honor those who never came home. My uncle's name is inscribed on the Tablets of the Missing, North Africa American Cemetery, Carthage, Tunisia.

You can search the American Battlefield Monuments Commission database by clicking here.

So why am I writing this now?

Because I've visited almost all the American cemeteries in France, Belgium and The Netherlands, as a child, and as an adult. I've been humbled by the sheer numbers of graves and by the many, many people, of all nationalities, who visit to also pay tribute. I've stood in silence in The Hague as an entire nation came to a stop to honor their American liberators.

And I've had to watch and listen and endure an American President who, in superb arrogance, has traveled the world offering apologies for our Nation.

Vote. Become engaged. Because we are an exceptional Nation, a Nation of exceptional heroes. We cannot let the sacrifice of our Greatest Generation, and of all those heroes who have served, and serve still... we cannot let their sacrifice be  in vain.

Our path back begins November 2.

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