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Posts Tagged ‘troops’

President Obama Receives the Nobel Peace Prize

Posted by AB on December 10, 2009

Earlier today, in Oslo, Norway, President Barack Obama received the Nobel Peace Prize.  Despite being the leader of a nation involved in two wars, he was awarded the honor less than a year into his presidency.  And to make things even more uncomfortable, the President recently ordered 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. 

It seemed to be an untenable position for a man to receive an award for peace while he, at the same time, commands a military at war on two fronts.  To be honest, I wasn’t sure that there was anything that could be said to reconcile that paradox, but it seems that he has pulled it off, brilliantly.  He spoke about the unfortunate reality that is the necessity of war.  He expressed that there are evils in this world, and that the purveyors of these evils cannot be persuaded without military intervention. 

Amazingly, the assessments of the speech–from the right and left–have been positive.  It is a rare occasion for President Obama to receive praise from the right side of the political spectrum, and recently from the left, but some are saying that this could have been his best speech ever.  I don’t know if I agree with that opinion, but today’s speech might have been the most real, honest and grown-up speech given by an American president in years.

And with that speech, along with other bits of evidence in his first year in office, I have come to realize what Barack Obama really is–a grown-up.  He is a father-figure in a land of juvenile delinquents, and it is comforting to me.  But then again, maybe I’m just a kid, searching for the good in this world.

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Memorial Day (Thank-a-Soldier Day)

Posted by AB on May 24, 2009

Barbecues, baseball, racing, picnics, quality time with family and  friends, and a day off of work or school–no matter how you celebrate the unofficial start of Summer, don’t forget about the true meaning of Memorial Day:  to honor those who have fought and died while protecting these United States of America.

Memorial Day was first recognized in 1868, when General John A. Logan requested that his troops “decorate” the graves of their fallen Union brothers, hence the original name of the holiday, Decoration Day.  Eventually, the holiday was extended to the honor of all US war dead. 

              Memorial Day by r o s e n d a h l.

For those of us who have never served in the military, or have had family members who have served, there is a tendency to look past the true significance of Memorial Day.  Even though we are at war, and that provides a better reminder for us than at peace time, we enjoy our freedoms without paying tribute to those who have died to protect them.

Tomorrow, we will see President Obama continue the tradition of laying a wreath at the “Tomb of the Unknowns,” and there will be many other honorable ceremonies across the country, like the 3 P.M. moment of silent reflection.  All that we really have to do is enjoy our freedom.  The sacrifice of soldiers past and present is not accompanied by any duty from civilians, but many of us want to give our thanks.  I can think of no better way to show thanks to those soldiers who have passed than by telling at least one living US Military member, retired or active, “Thank you for your service.”  It sounds simple, and it is, but it could make the day of someone who will never receive enough appreciation for his or her sacrifices.  Turn Memorial Day into “Thank-a-Soldier Day.”  If you do not know a member of the military, they are not hard to find.  The more you thank, the more you will appreciate the true meaning of Memorial Day.  I’ll begin with my sister.

info from:   http://www.answers.com/topic/memorial-day

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