Thank you to all veterans and their families for your service and sacrifice.
Today, millions of Americans will visit our national cemeteries to honor those who have served---many of whom gave their life for their country.
The voices of families and friends will be heard across the grassy knolls of cemeteries, big and small--- reminiscing and remembering and honoring.
But those honored will lie silently.
If they could break the silence of the cemetery and speak, what might they say?
They would likely note that thousands of people are clogging and shutting down the streets of cities across our country this weekend---burning American flags because they don't like Donald Trump.
While our silent heroes would, for the most part, not agree---Hillary has never been a hero to the military---they would say, "I fought for your freedom of speech and expression and dissent."
A couple of years ago, SALON Magazine---a far Left, but widely read publication, published this on Veteran's Day---a sentiment held by many far Left secular progressives:
"You don't protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy...Put a man in uniform, preferably a white man, give him a gun, and Americans will worship him. It is a particularly childish trait, of a child like culture, that insists on anointing all active military members and police officers as ' heroes.'"
If those veterans who lie silent in the grave could respond, they would likely say---both black and white veterans--- "I fought for your freedom even if you don't believe I did. I also fought for your right to publicly deny that I did so---and to mock those who remember that I did."
President John F. Kennedy, who also lies silently in the cemetery, once said: "May every nation know whether it wishes us well or ill, we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty."
President Ronald Reagan, also now silent, agreed and said it this way: "Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
Those heroes, yes heroes, who today lie in silence in the cemeteries would most likely say to Presidents Kennedy, Reagan and all the others, whether celebrity or ordinary, who honor them today:
"Thank you for remembering."
I'm not sure who said this, but it bears repeating. "If you want to thank a soldier, be the kind of American worth fighting for."
God bless you, and God bless America.