“What our forefathers with so much difficulty secured, do not basely relinquish.”
These are the words etched on the tombstone of William Bradford, one of our Pilgrim Fathers and long time governor of the Plymouth Plantation. They seem to fit Veteran’s Day pretty well as we honor those who’ve served this nation throughout our history.
It would be easy to say in 2009 that we, as a nation, have “basely relinquished” what previous –and current—heroes have fought so hard to secure for us. We have elected “representatives” that rule, rather than govern, as they spend away the wealth of our nation with every law they pass. But even as they do so, real people continue to fight for our liberties.
These real heroes are everywhere, maybe even in our own families. My father served in the Air Force during the Korean War. I have many uncles that saw the horrors of Normandy and the South Pacific during World War II. My mother has always said that her brothers never wanted to talk about their war experiences, which as I understand, is pretty common for that generation.
Any words that I could write here would never be enough thanks to give to those who sacrificed so much. So, I edited this still photo montage of veterans past and present to remind anyone who sees it that freedom isn’t free. I did include someone, though not a veteran herself, who saved perhaps dozens more of our men and women in uniform last week in the terrorist attack at Fort Hood. Kimberly Munley, a young mother and civilian police officer, stood in harm’s way to single-handedly take down the gunman who opened fire on his fellow soldiers. I thought she deserved to be recognized for her bravery.
I hope you enjoy the video…in spite of multiple computer issues in editing it, it comes from my heart and the music is beautiful. Better late than never– but it’s never a bad time to appreciate the heroes in our lives. Keep in mind the words above, “What our forefathers with so much difficulty secured, do not basely relinquish.”