A year-end reminder for 2007
To remember 2007, I thought this photo and its caption best represents America at this junction in history. We are engaged in a war which is demanding the impossible from less than 1 percent of the population of our Nation (including their families) who volunteer to serve in the U.S. Armed Services. The remarkable result is that THEY ARE DELIVERING!
“Where do we get guys like this the reporter asked? The answer is as simple as it is profound. You give them to us. You parents, you families, you brothers and sisters, grandparents, uncles and aunts, friends, you loan us these wonderful young people. They are the fruit of our country, raised by caring parents or a single parent, nurtured in love, and taught that Americans are supposed to have concern for the rights, freedoms and needs of not only our own citizens, but the citizens of the world ... The credit for their goodness, and their greatness, rests with all of you back home. The mothers, the fathers, husbands, wives, all of the family members, all the friends, the teachers, the preachers, scout leaders, football coaches, volunteer youth workers of all sorts, each person who had a positive impact on the lives of these young people deserves a piece of the credit."
Colonel Ron Smith, US Army, From, "The war in Iraq, what the media doesn't tell you,” The Meridien Star, March 9, 2005
Pray for their success; our continued existence as a civilized society depends upon them,...and OUR SUPPORT.
/s/ LeRoy Collins, Jr.