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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. My Veterans Day Tee Shirt

 

I have this tee shirt I wear every Veterans Day. It says “Navy Veteran” on the front, and it has the Seal of the Department of the Navy on the back. Normally, I only wear it at home, because I don’t think I deserve free meals for my service (if I went out for lunch), given so many before me never knew they were eating their last meal. Yeah, there’s Memorial Day for them, but it still doesn’t feel right for me on Veterans Day.

Still, we were driving back from our latest cruise today (maybe a future post), so I wore the tee in public. When we stopped for food or gas (or just to stretch), I got a few “Thank you for your service” and handshakes from people. I also gave out a few myself, as other veterans were traveling too. The strangest part of driving home today was when we were on the bypass around Statesboro, Georgia this afternoon. There I was—a Navy Veteran, wearing a Navy Veteran tee shirt, on Veterans Day, driving on Veterans Memorial Parkway. How cool—or surprising—is that?

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I heard a story about something called “Deep Equity” and decided to research. I have a couple of pet peeves. They involve the hearts and minds of children. My peeves extend to drag queens in full regalia reading to children at libraries. I’m ok with anyone reading. I love books. I loved story time as […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Three Presidential Actions Not Much Noted

 

Thursday, November 7, 2019, brought three significant actions by President Trump: two Proclamations and one award ceremony. They all addressed service, freedom, and gratitude.

Presidential Message on the National Day for the Victims of Communism, 2019

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Those Who Serve

 

I originally wrote this while in Iraq, on March 23, 2005. I have lightly edited it for this post.

The DVD was in, I had seen Star Gate many times, and was bored enough to have the voiceover of the director and someone else while watching the show. The two men were talking to each other, and to their unseen audience. They were talking about those who risk their lives in the military to keep the country safe. They both expressed the obligatory platitudes, the nice things you’re supposed to say about those in the military. There was nothing to indicate insincerity; they seemed genuinely in admiration of people who march toward the sound of cannon.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. “I Cry Over Tootsie Rolls”

 

One of my church sisters shared this story today. It’s well past Veterans’ Day now, but poignant story all the same. The Korean War is called “The Forgotten War,” and it’s easy to forget just how vital it was. Here’s a part of her mother’s story.

 I cry over tootsie rolls…

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Several years ago I had a small gathering of family and friends, and part of our reasons for coming together was to have a brief discussion on why we loved this country. My husband and I were the hosts, and my brother-in-law, sister-in-law, another couple who were friends of ours, and my aunt and uncle attended. […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Two Little Words

 

Few things exercise the Ricochetti more than a spirited discussion of the woeful state of public education in the United States today, unless it’s despairing angst (is there any other kind?) over the direction of the country in general, the state of mind of its youth, or the general lack of gratitude for anyone or anything shown by anybody under the age of [pick a target demographic, probably based on your own state of middling-to-advanced geezerhood]. Sometimes, it seems that there’s nothing we like better than a good, and dreary, moan about the state of things.

So, just to be contrary, and with the recognition that, perhaps I’m a lone voice crying in the wilderness (wouldn’t be the first time, and probably not the last), or that, perhaps, my family has been lucky to have tapped into the one-and-only decent public school system in the country (unlikely that, I can’t help thinking), I’d like to shower today’s quote of the day on a little institution in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania: “Thank you,” Charles W. Longer Elementary School (the school appears to have been named after a local educator who served for many years as the superintendent of the district. Thank you, Charles W. Longer, himself.)

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Starvation Cheap

 

“We sleep safely in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would harm us.” — George Orwell

In fact, it’s probably a misattribution, but Orwell said something similar in spirit when commenting favorably on a verse from Kipling’s poem “Tommy”:

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I saw Hacksaw Ridge a week ago and it lingers with me still. The story of real-life Medal of Honor winner Desmond Doss is both powerful and unnerving. This is not for the faint of heart as Gibson won’t spare you from the realities of war. More

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Today, my wife and I drove to St. Augustine, Florida for the night, on our way to Fort Lauderdale for the National Review post-election cruise. As we took the bypass around Statesboro, Georgia, I noticed that we were on Veteran’s Memorial Parkway. Then I looked at the dashboard clock: 11:11 AM. I was caught off guard […]

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In his speech last night, President-Elect Donald Trump thanked the veterans who supported him. Hillary Clinton also thanked her veterans, but she was talking about her campaign workers. Thank the Lord she will never be Commander-in-Chief, and thank veterans by supporting VFW or another worthy group in the week of the eleventh day of the […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Taney

 

u045901My father, who died in his seventies back in 1996, served during most of the Second World War aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Taney, now one of the half dozen ships preserved as floating museums in Baltimore Harbor. I only asked him about the War a few times. He just didn’t like to talk about it. He told a few funny stories readily enough — once when the Taney was in port in San Diego, he and a shipmate hopped from the deck onto the dock, then strolled off to spend the day enjoying themselves, but when they returned that evening they found that the tide had come in, lifting the deck far above their heads, and the only way they could get back aboard was by hauling themselves up the ratlines. But talk about combat? The warfare part of the War? All I ever got out of him was a story about Okinawa.

He was on deck one day as an American plane approached a nearby aircraft carrier, preparing to land. Although the Navy issued its pilots frequent new approach patterns, my father explained — they had to make it impossible for the Japanese to use captured American aircraft to stage kamikaze attacks — and this pilot was using the wrong pattern. How my father knew this, I can no longer recall — were all the ships able to listen in to a single radio frequency? — but he described a long several minutes as the entire American fleet seemed to freeze, silent, as the aircraft carrier signaled to the pilot again and again to correct his approach … and finally shot him down. “We never learned what had happened,” my father said, “but you couldn’t get the idea out of your mind that it was one of our guys who just got confused. It made us all sick to our stomachs.”

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Best_Years_of_Our_Lives_01_barThere’s no shortage of great war movies, but great films about veterans are a rarer breed. About three or four years ago, I was listening to the Ricochet podcast when Rob recommended The Best Years of Our Lives. I knew of it — “That’s the one with the guy who lost his hands, right?” — but had never seen it. I threw it on my Netflix queue and forgot about it for a few weeks before I decided to give it a whirl.

In short, the movie is a damn miracle; even more so, I’d say, than Casablanca. It went into production less than a year after VJ Day and follows three veterans as they attempt to return to — and, indeed, remake — their civilian lives. Each of their stories could suffice as a character study, but interweaving them as this film does gives one a sense of both how shared the existence of pain and trauma pain was, as well as how very much it varied in its particulars.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. We’re Veterans, Not Victims

 

Most of America is celebrating Veterans Day. But several progressives can’t join the rest of us in giving a simple “thank you” to the millions of men and women who guaranteed our freedoms.

For example, Salon.com featured an article titled “You don’t protect my freedom: Our childish insistence on calling soldiers heroes deadens real democracy”:

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. A Warrior Nation: Thoughts on Veterans Day

 

Today is Veterans Day, a day to thank veterans for their service and sacrifice. It is also a good time to reflect on the fact that our military has not only kept us safe and free, but has made us who we are in important ways. We like to think of ourselves as isolated from the world’s violent conflicts and secure behind two giant oceanic moats. But the cold, unvarnished reality is that — like every other such nation in history — the United States became a great power by breaking a lot of heads. To a far greater degree than most Americans are willing to admit, we have been a martial people for most of our history.

One historically important function of war is nation-building, and so it has been with us. The United States was born of a long and bitter Revolutionary War that gave us our independence, our national iconography, as well as a great general who became our greatest President. The War of 1812 gave us Andrew Jackson and our national anthem. The Civil War ended slavery, settled basic constitutional questions left unsettled at the founding and forged our modern federal state. The low-intensity Indian wars and James Polk’s controversial Mexican War made us a continental power and gave us our national mythology of westward expansion and Manifest Destiny. The equally controversial Spanish-American War and Teddy Roosevelt’s Great White Fleet made us a global power of the first rank.

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