Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans Day 2013

On this Veterans Day, over twelve years since the 9/11 attacks galvanized our resolute military response, American soldiers continue to serve on the ground over there, competing with their lives for the shape of the world that we pass on to our children.

Military historian T.R. Fehrenbach: “You may fly over a land forever; you may bomb it, atomize it, pulverize it and wipe it clean of life—but if you desire to defend it, protect it and keep it for civilization, you must do this on the ground, the way the Roman legions did, by putting your young men in the mud.”

Army Lieutenant Ben Colgan was the subject of my 1st post on this blog. A little over 10 years ago, on 01NOV03, he was killed in action while leading his platoon dynamically in the post-war, peace-building mission in Iraq. Men and women like LT Colgan are the best of our American generation.

I've said this before and today is a good day to say it again: Young veterans need to become a social movement.

Eric

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