Heritage of Heroes
Honoring the sacrifices of California’s Veterans...
Shawn Black] 11/11/05
As fall approaches
each year, I watch in anticipation of the changing seasons
and celebrations. I am reminded of how thankful I am for the
abundance we have in the State of California and this great
Nation. Most Americans and Californians know, appreciate and
realize the sacrifices that California’s Veterans have
endured for our blessings of Liberty.
throughout the history of California have answered that call
because they believed in something other than themselves. They
believed that Freedom and Liberty are worth fighting for, and
dying for if need be. And that beacon of light and hope shines
Black is a Military Veteran with the 82nd Airborne
Division and Former Federal Agent with the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security. He is a Republican
speaker, supporter and consultant. He recently returned from Service in Iraq
and is founder www.projectprayerflag.org .
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changed. Modern technology has eased
in which California conducts business and the
way our lives have been enriched by the blessings of a free and
prosperous nation. In generations past, those men who fought
to “form a more perfect union,” believed in the ideals
of a free people and a prosperous nation. Those Americans fighting
in the trenches of France believed with a fervent heart that
Freedom belongs to each man and tongue as well. Those in the
Ardennes and on Guadalcanal knew that nothing is more important
than preserving Liberty and defeating oppression. And those who
fought in Korea, Vietnam and Desert storm, realized the threats
that existed yesterday will be prevalent tomorrow as well. And
all understood, as do our Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan,
that nothing is more precious than preserving Freedom today and
ensuring the hope of Liberty for tomorrow.
Veterans have come from all walks of life and backgrounds.
When they answered the call to service; some
were immigrants, some were farmers, and many were just your ordinary
boys, who, by the events set before them, were turned into extraordinary
men. They came from Humboldt to Hesperia and Barstow to Santa
Barbara. Our state and our Nation is the better because of them.
In today’s day and age, it is increasingly rare to find
volunteers who are willing to temporary give up comforts or careers,
for a diet of “Beans and bullets”. I am reminded
of greatness by political leaders and those who put aside those
comforts to serve. And by doing so, they became heroes.
they weren’t called politicians, they were called
servants – and for good reason. Presidents Eisenhower,
Richard Nixon, George H. W. Bush, Bob Dole and California’s
favorite son, Ronald Reagan, showed the light of Liberty and
the laurels of service. And recognizing service even on a very
local level, I won’t forget that for over twenty two years,
Orange County State Assemblyman Chuck Devore has served proudly
and quietly, for our Nation in the California National Guard.
Thank you Major Devore!
asked me lately “How can I honor those who have
served?” There are many siple ways to give honor. On
Veterans Day and on Thanksgiving you can honor a Veteran whom
by simply taking a minute to make a phone call, and just say “thank
you for your service.” You could volunteer to place a
few Flags on a Veteran’s grave. You could take a few
moments to visit a Veteran in one of our many VA hospitals
state of California. And In doing so, you’ll bring tears
to their eyes and joy to their heart.
And the most important thing we can do before we shop for the
latest sale item in the mall, is to place that grand old Flag
on our front porch as we say a prayer for our Veterans. The Flag
that conveys the dreams, Ideals and hopes of those who have died
and those still preserving Freedom and the blessings of Liberty.
So on this
day of remembrance and thanksgiving, I am thankful for those
by my grandfather in Normandy whom I have
never met. I am reminded of freedom, by a German Jewish immigrant
named “Dorothy”; with serial numbers engraved on
her arm and with a beautiful smile I shall never forget. I am
in awe of the power of freedom in every heart and every tongue,
to instill hope not just for Americans, but for the world. And
may we all point to Liberty’s Light as she shines upon
the path of those who yearn for Freedom and for those who reach
for her. CRO
copyright 2005 by Shawn Black