writer and public speaker Sharon is the President and Executive
Director of The Center for Changing Worldviews, a non-profit
corporation founded for the purpose of increasing the conservative,
pro-family voice in a predominantly liberal society. Sharon
produces and hosts Changing Worldviews TALK Radio which is
the media outreach of The Center, and is heard Monday, Wednesday
and Friday on KDIA AM1640 San Francisco/Vallejo and online
daily at Oneplace.com. Sharon has worked to promote civic
responsibility on the grassroots level since 1992 through
various organizations such as Eagle Forum, so that America
will continue to be a land of liberty, respect for human
dignity and family integrity, as well as public and private
virtue. For further information on Sharon and The Center
go to www.changingworldviews.com or
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Day - A Time to Remember
For those who gave - and are giving - all…
[Sharon Hughes] 5/28/04
our country the land of the free and the home of the brave?
of May has its share of holidays and observances such as Mother’s
Forces Day, V-E
Day, the National
Day of Prayer and Memorial
Day. Note with me three of the five
have to do with our armed forces.
What do you think of when you think of our armed forces, especially
on Memorial Day?
I think of
the sacrifices of life and limb given for our country, for
our freedom…for me. I think about my husband’s
experiences in Vietnam, the feelings of missing him, concern
when he was wounded and joy when he came home.
I pull out
the album we have of Duane's year in Vietnam, as well as pictures
of my father during WWII and the Korean
war. I especially like the one of him with his handle-bar mustache…something
to do during the long months on board ship. I also value the
souvenirs we have of Duane's great, great, grandfather who fought
in the Civil War.
I think about
the documentaries and movies I’ve seen,
both old and new, that put images to the text I studied in school
of the wars our young nation fought in to secure freedom both
for us and for others, even making our enemies our friends.
And, of course,
I think about September 11th and the war on terror we find
engaged in today…and I pray.
In this time
of tremendous challenge for America, our freedoms have never
been more important.
Yet, even with the attack of
9/ll happening only a short time ago, it's all too easy to take
our hard-won freedoms for granted, and to even forget about the
sacrifices that are currently being made to "provide for
the common defense."
The efforts to defend the truths we hold most dear began with
the founding of America. Our fore-fathers and all the men and
women who have followed in their footsteps have left each of
us with a legacy of freedom unequaled in history.
a great nation…the world power…but unique
from all other world powers that have ever been. Her might and
power have come from the greatness of character and charity of
her people, not her dominance…from her religious roots,
not her wealth…from her foundation and framework…not
the whims of modern mentality.
To me she is worth fighting for and she is worth praying for.
For she has not only been a beacon to the world in so many ways,
but she is made up of my countrymen, and though not perfect nor
of greater worth than other peoples of the world, still they
are the people of my country, the land that I love.
To many in
today’s postmodern, detached-from-history-generation,
educated by left-leaning, even anti-American, professors, what
I’ve just said may sound quaint, even foreign. But it is
they who have it wrong, not me…for history proves it out.
While some will allow the shameful deeds of those who abused
Iraqi prisoners to jade their attitude toward America, without
denying this black spot on our nation, I choose to point to those
who truly represent the hundreds of thousands of professional
soldiers who not only make me proud to be an American, but grateful.
Oliver North told of such a soldier on a Fox News report while
embedded in Iraq. A fire-fight broke out causing the journalists
and soldiers to run for cover. Once safe, there was one soldier
who kept going back out and bringing in the injured, carrying
them on his back one by one, again and again. Everyone was impacted
by this genuine hero, until he brought the last one in.
he was carrying a wounded Iraqi soldier. The journalists (excluding
North) were indignant, speaking to him as if
he were a moron…”couldn’t you see he was an
the soldier answered…"couldn’t you
see he was dying?”
On Veterans Day we remember our military who are still with
us. On Memorial Day we remember those who gave the greatest sacrifice...their
lives. One of the best ways we can remember their sacrifice is
to support our troops who are serving today.
Sentiment without action serves no real purpose.
So, to help show your support here are a few sites I recommend:
Donate a calling card to help keep servicemembers in touch with
their families at www.operationuplink.org/
Send a greeting via e-mail through www.OperationDearAbby.net
Adopt a Platoon, started by volunteer mothers to ensure that
no U.S. deployed soldier is forgotten, by sending a weekly
cheerful card or letter and a monthly care package to assigned
soldier(s) at www.adoptaplatoon.org/
Give your frequent flier miles to participating airlines so
our soldiers can fly home without having to pay for their air
Do something for a soldier this Memorial Day weekend in remembrance
of the valient soldiers who gave their all. CRO
Hughes 2004 - Used with permission