Thursday, July 4, 2013

Honoring Veterans

It's the 4th of July...Independence Day...in the United States. On this date in 1776, our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence, separating the colonies from Great Britain and forming the United States of America. The service of men and women throughout our history has kept these United States free. Men, like my Dad, who put themselves in harm's way during World War II to defend freedom against tyranny in both Europe and the Pacific. This photo, taken by my brother, shows my Dad standing in front of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. during his Honor Flight weekend.The large arch commemorates action in the Pacific theater of operations where my Dad served. Each of the 56 pillars surrounding the pool represents one of the country's then-48 states as well as its territories.

After living here in Europe steeped in its history, I read the Declaration of Independence today with a new appreciation of just how radical our ancestors were. To see all men as created equal, to endow them with unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and to declare that government derives its power by the consent of those governed are truly unique and radical ideas compared to how most of Europe and the rest of the world was governed in those days.

So today I'd like to thank my Dad and other veterans for their service and for risking their lives to defend and uphold the freedom of the United States and its radical ideal of democracy for all.
Relief of a induction center during WWII. 
My Dad spent some time working in one in Columbus, GA which is where he met my Mom.

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