[Vision2020] The Gift of Generations

lfalen lfalen at turbonet.com
Mon Dec 10 15:29:15 PST 2007

Thanks for posting. An uncle of my wife's died on the Battan Death March. Many other relatives have served. Everyone who has put themselves in harms way to preverve our freedoms is to be honored.
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From: "Tom Hansen" thansen at moscow.com
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 12:50:17 -0800
To: "Moscow Vision 2020" vision2020 at moscow.com
Subject: [Vision2020] The Gift of Generations

> >From the Letters section of the December 17, 2007 edition of the Army Times
> -
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> This holiday season is the first my family and I will be celebrating without
> my mother. It's the second without my wife's mother. They are dearly missed
> this holiday season, just as other families miss their mothers and loved
> ones who are no longer here. Our mothers brought us into this world and the
> luck of the draw had us born in the U.S.
> The miracle of life could just as easily have had us born to impoverished
> parents in a Third World country. Instead, at birth, we became Americans.
> With a huge price paid for by the blood and sacrifices of our forefathers,
> we have enjoyed all the privileges, opportunities and hope being an American
> brings.
> My father, like so many of our fathers and grandfathers, was part of the
> "greatest generation" that fought World War II on the beaches of Normandy,
> in the jungles of Burma, on the islands in the Pacific and on every other
> blood-soaked battlefield so that the American way of life would be
> preserved. 
> My father's Combat Infantryman Badge and his Bronze Star Medal now hang on a
> wall in my home just above the American flag presented to my mother at his
> funeral. He never displayed the badge or the medals he earned , nor did he
> talk about how he earned them. 
> Every generation of Americans has had an abundance of such unsung war
> heroes. During this holiday season, we once again find young, brave U.S.
> service members in harm's way. Like millions before them, they and their
> loved ones are enduring extreme hardships for us. Thousands have paid the
> ultimate sacrifice and thousands more have come home to America maimed for
> life.
> It seems surreal that while my only concern for a day is whether I'll bowl
> well at the lanes, our selfless and devoted service members are on foreign
> soil trying to get through the day without being blown up by improvised
> explosive devices or hit by snipers' bullets. Their patrols through the
> ambush-laden streets of Iraqi cities or mountains of Afghanistan are filled
> with hazards and anxiety, making my ride to the lanes - more than 6,000
> miles away - safe and carefree.
> During this holiday season, we continue to thank them for their dedicated
> service to us and our country. They, like all the veterans before them, are
> giving Americans the opportunity to live life to the fullest. Hopefully,
> through their efforts, all Americans will eventually have the same
> opportunity. Hopefully, one day no child's life on earth will be
> predetermined at birth by the luck of the draw. 
> Sgt. Maj. George S. Kulas (Retired) 
> Fond du Lac, Wis.
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> Seeya round town, Moscow.
> Tom Hansen
> Moscow, Idaho
> "Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil
> and steady dedication of a lifetime." 
> --Adlai E. Stevenson, Jr.
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