|My brother Robbie, son Hunter and Grandpa Sonny|
who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the VETERAN, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the VETERAN, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the VETERAN, not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.
|Photo provided by Erin Jarolimek|
The Purple Heart, one of the oldest merits in American Military, is awarded in the name of the President to those that have been wounded, or killed while serving on or after April 5, 1917 with the US Military.
The original Purple Heart, designated as the Badge of Military Merit, was established by George Washington during the Revolutionary War, then the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, by order from his Newburgh, New York headquarters on August 7, 1782. The actual order includes the phrase (and I love this phrase), “Let it be known that he who wears the Military Order of the Purple Heart has given of his blood in the defense of his homeland and shall forever be revered by his fellow countrymen. “
Yesterday as I flew home from a business trip in California, the airline captain reminded us all it was the 235th birthday of the United States Marine Corps and to thank a veteran for the freedoms we have every day.
As the airline captain said yesterday and the US Marines say…
(Semper Fidelis is Latin for “Always Faithful”)