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Cumberland Times News (Newspaper) - May 25, 2015, Cumberland, Maryland Editorial quote of toe Day Quot is Lite so dear or a vice so Sweet As to ix1 Pink Haskeil it tin Price of chains Ami slavery forbid it alright Iod i know not what course others May take hut is Tor me give me Lily Rev or give me death Quot a Patrick Ham 4a Cumberland times news publisher Robin l. Quillon managing editor Jan Alderton e Ditori Al Page editor Jim Goldsworthy monday. May 25. 2015 a Honor our countrymen who died for Freedom memorial Day other countries have their own memorial Days and its because of us. A late world War la Veteran who was part of the first wave of the a Day invasion once told us. A what gets me is the reverence they show for Days like the fourth of july and sept. 11.�?� one of his buddies had returned to a town in France that their unit liberated to attend a ceremony on the anniversary of the Day nine americans soldiers and airmen died while taking it Back from the germans. The mayor said. A just a few Yards away from this place nine Young americans gave their lives for Liberty and for us at another ceremony on sept. 11. 2001 a the Day terrorists crashed hijacked airliners into the twin towers and the Pentagon a his message to americans was this a your grief that of your countrymen is also ours. Today you Are. Beyond death and time the a awakened so of our conscience. Here we Are on your Side. Let us think of the innocent victims Cut Down by the hatred of Werneth. In Belgium continues to Honor the memory of 11 african american soldiers who were captured tortured and killed by the German is. But refused to give up the identities of the families who had Given them shelter. James Aubrey Stewartjr. Of Piedmont. W.va., was one of the a were the 11.�?� some people in his Home town Learned about Stewart several years ago. And since then have gone above and beyond to keep his memory alive. A South korean doctor born two decades after the conflict ended posted on the korean War educator website a letter that said. In part. A although this is my personal letter i Hope you veterans remember that most koreans appreciate your service and sacrifice at the korean War. A without you we must not have been Able to enjoy Freedom As we do now. Thank a Man who was wearing a Vietnam Veteran Cap told us that he once was approached by a woman who appeared to be of asian descent and asked him if he had gone to Vietnam. He said he did. A thank she said. Quot America is now my Home because of a legendary few a including some who have lived in our area a have served in world War la. Korea and Vietnam. People on the other Side of the planet adopt and decorate the Graves of american soldiers who Are buried in the soil of countries they died in order to liberate. This soil is considered american soil. American flags Fly Over it. Of others remember and Honor the americans who preserved their Freedom or restored it to them we should do the same. They Are after All responsible for our own Freedom. Letters to the editor memorial Day Isnit just one Day it should be every Day memorial Day is a time to remember the great veterans i served with during my military years. It in t just one Day. But every Day. Seniors As w e Art called today not 18 19 and 20 year Olds As we once were. I m wondering about those who Are still with us How they Are doing health Wise. Our Era was the Vietnam War. Not War. But some referred to it As a conflict. Korea was called a police action. My brother. John William served with the air Force As a medic at Korat air Force base. Thailand. I served As a military policeman in the army. I have a Nephew. Adam who will soon have 19 years service with the Navy. After All these years. I still get on a guilt trip because so Many Young men at that time of our lives did no to return Home. To some. Memorial Day is just another Day off work its a Day to thank every Veteran living and deceased who served this great land liberties an taken for granted at times. Vietnam Wasny to lost by our great military. But by our politicians and their decisions. Great soldiers sailors airmen and marines an few and far Between. Politicians Are like maggots they simply multiply. Iod bless our veterans and those who Are currently serving our nation. Done to let the Gray hair on our Heads fool you we still could kick some a if we had to defend this great country god bless the . Dennis Bruiser army 1967-73 mount Savage special prayer for those whose sacrifice kept us free one of America s greatest strengths is our unique diversity. On this memorial Day americans of vastly different backgrounds unite to Honor those who gave their lives in defense of our Freedom. Throughout our history from the War of 1812 to our ongoing military engagements abroad men and women have fought and died so americans could freely follow different beliefs exercise different religions and embrace different ideals. As neighbors and families come together to celebrate this memorial Day at cookouts and parades through prayer and reflection let us not forget the immense Gravity at the Core of this Day we must always remember that the freedoms we enjoy came a and still come at the High Price of american lives. It is a fitting Honor to the heroism and sacrifice of those americans who died in service to our country and the families they left behind that we work together to uphold the values and freedoms for which they gave their lives. I Hope this Day serves As a catalyst for americans to come together and rededicate ourselves to striving to bring about a world guided by Equality and Justice and. United in peace. On this memorial Day. I say a special prayer for the families in Maryland and across the country who have lost loved ones in defense of these United states. I also thank All the men and women currently serving our nation and look for Ward to the Day when they return Home safely to spend this Day with their friends and family. . Sen. Ben Cardin. digest a greater love hath no Man than this that a Man Lay Down his life for his friends. John 15 13 Huv a a a. A a a. A a a 1.�?o. 1 guidelines for letters a letters May be no More than 300 j words not counting the headline or the writer s name and Community of residence. A submissions of More than 300 words will be considered on an Indi i visual basis for publication As Reader commentaries As space permits. A write1 ire it 1 to one letter per i 30 Days except for one rebuttal. A All Lett rare subject to editing a All letters should be typed in Cape Tai and lower Case letters not in All i capitals typed letters sent by regular mail should be double spaced j Between lines. A Anonymous letters my letters that do not include a daytime Telephone i number and Street address for verification purposes will not be published a letters a dilates or letters that can be interpreted As i urging readers to vote for or against candidates for lot not be printed be mail prefer j a fax 301-722-527g a regular mail cum i news to Box 1662, c 21501-1662 a other letters appt1, i site wow times news i political office will d letters times Erland times Cumberland my r on our web Quot for love of country they accepted death j Jurnee a Garfield i8�>8they also serve who support our troops Donna Brazile this memorial Day with David Letterman retiring the week before the Holiday and the recent death of legendary bluesman b b King i began to think about ways to Honor our servicemen and women beyond the Trade a a amp rational parades and prayers of memorial Day w weekend both King and Letterman took part in Uso sponsored Tours overseas to entertain our troops stationed far from Home. Many of these Tours travel through areas close to Active conflict posing not inconsiderable risk to the entertainers. Bringing a Little taste of Home to our soldiers is Only one of the ways that All of us a celebrities and regular citizens alike a can Honor and support our fellow citizens serving in the military. For the last 42 years we have lived in an Era of an All Volunteer military. Less than one half of i percent of the population of this country is in the Active military As opposed to Over 12 percent during world War ii. And in the years since 9/11, we have asked Ever More of those who Are serving. Not everyone can or should be in the military. But every one of us can and should do what our talents and our resources allow us to do for those who have volunteered. For entertainers like King and Letterman that Means bringing music and laughter to soldiers far from Home. The Uso Short for United service organizations inc., is a nonprofit nonpolitical organization w Holly dedicated to supporting our troops and their families with pro Grams services and entertainment. Although Congress Charters it. The Uso is a private organization that relies heavily on Public donations and volunteers to perform its Mission of lifting the spirits of american service personnel and their families. The Uso was founded in 1941, just before the United states became embroiled in world War in and it has served our men and women in uniform in every conflict since. Today the Uso has Over Igo locations in 14 countries and serves millions of military peo pie and their families every year. If entertain ment is the Best know n of the services provided by the Uso. The bes known entertainer in its Long history is undoubtedly the late Bob Hope. Hopes first Uso performance took place at an army air Force base in California on May 6,1941 a seven months before the attack on Pearl Harbor. In the following years he headlined 57 Uso Tours spending an incredible 48 christmases overseas entertaining american soldiers. His final show was in 1991 during operation desert shield. So great was Hope s contribution that in 1997 Congress named him the a first and Only honorary Veteran of the . Armed Hope said a to be numbered among the men and women i Admire most is the great est Honor i have Ever countless entertainers have followed in the Globe trotting footsteps of Hope Kings first Uso show took place in 1996 in Bosnia and Herzegovina performing for . Peacekeeping forces. Upon arriving at to Ila air base. King said. A a in a proud to be an american. And if the soldiers really want it they re going to get a Good Kings dedication to lifting the sprits of our troops is especially poignant Given that his own military service took place so Long ago a he served briefly in 1943 a that he was part of an All Black unit in the old segregated . Army. When King was eventually granted a deferment because he was married and employed in agriculture the deferment stipulated that he remain employed on the Mississippi Plantation where he worked for the duration of the War. Letterman despite coming of age at the height of the Vietnam War was never called on to serve. Under the old draft lottery system he Drew a number of 352 out of 366, virtually ensuring that he would not be drafted but if Letterman literally won the lottery when it came to avoiding Vietnam after he made it As an entertainer he volunteered to go out and bring some laughter to those deployed overseas. Letterman a first Uso show was in 2002 when he went to Afghanistan where he m Sot everyone can or should he in the military hut every one of us can and should do what our talents and our resources allow us to do for those who have volunteered. A spent Christmas eve and Christmas Day with the troops at the base in Kalida har. In the Surprise visit. Dave brought along a late show a bandleader Paul Schaeffer and stage manager and performer Biff Henderson himself a Vietnam vet. You done to have to be a big name entertainer a or even an entertainer at All in order to contribute to the us do a Mission of uplifting the spirits of military personnel. In addition to their live entertainment offerings the Uso provides a wide variety of programs and services to military mom hers and families from pre paid phone cards to free prom dresses. And it also provides much needed services for wounded soldiers and for the families of the fallen. Volunteers Are always needed to help out with those services As Well As helping put on the shows. More information is available at to Volunteer Asp this memorial Day think about doing something More than remembering or t Hanking a Veteran or Active duty Soldier for their service a important As those things May be. There Are myriad ways to reach out to provide real assistance to those who Are serving for us both through the Uso and dozens of other organizations. We can tall Volunteer to be in the military but we can ail Volunteer to do something for those who Are. In menu Huile it a Smurr democratic strategist a Gull tical commentator arum contributor to can Ami acc news Ami a contributing columnist to is Magazine and of the Oprah Magazine c2015, Dommi Brustle t

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