---- — To the editor:
As we become more and more multicultural, a great many people have no idea why we honor those that have protected our very shores with their lives. If the truth be known, they probably never will understand our endearment to those who have gone before us. The simple notion of protecting ones homeland from the devastation of war is foreign to those that have continually lived with dictators.
We salute, we stand, we toast, we love, we cry, we pray, because for their sacrifice, we are free to condemn, we are free to agree, we are free to travel this magnificent land we call the United States of America. It is a land that is free and we owe it all to combatants and non-combatants alike that have and will continue to “protect and serve” against all that would do us any harm.
Why do they not understand? We have not educated them. We have not educated them that life is precious, that this land is like no other and that without their resolve to protect the land for the generations to come, we would be nothing but another battleground.
Yes we honor our veterans. We have the right. They fought and died to give us the right. We have many traditions that many do not understand. They have many traditions we do not understand. As a veteran, my service was for their benefit, to come, learn, educate and to join in making sacrifices, so that others may come, learn, educate and join, so this wonderful land might continue to be a land of the free.