Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day 2009

Today is a day of rememberance to our veterans. Let us never forget the courage and love of country many of these tireless soldiers have exhibited.

Let us never forget the heroics of Admiral James Stockdale - who when captured by the Viet Kong purposely beat, cut, and disfigured himself so that they could never use him in film propaganda. He was captive in Hoa Lo prison for 7 years, kept in solitary confinement for resisting torture for 4 of those years. He never broke and never gave in.

Let us never forget Frank Woodruff Buckles, the last known surviving American World War I veteran. The 108 year old man served at age 16, sneaking under the radar because Missouri, at the time, did not actually issue birth certificates. He served as in a Casualty Detachment division and in 1918, Buckles escorted prisoners of war from England and France back to Germany. In World War II, as a civilian, Buckles was captured by the Japanese while working in the Philipines. He was kept captive for three years and the malnurished former soldier led his fellow inmates in daily calisthenics to keep active.

There are countless stories of heroism, bravery, and love of country that could go on for pages. Remember all of those brave Veterans today and God bless them.

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