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Honoring our combat wounded and fallen heroes

By Staff | Aug 5, 2020

Letter to editor:

As our nation continues to experience the horrors of a pandemic coupled with the large city civil unrest and violence, we as a nation must remember that on this Friday, Aug. 7, National Purple Heart Day we will honor the true heroes of our nation — our combat wounded and those veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in keeping our nation free. No greater love.

These heroes sacrificed much more for this nation than many of those cowardly politicians and protestors who inundate our society today. There were no color or ethnic barriers connected to their sacrifice as they wrote this blank check to our nation, for up to and including their lives in protecting this nation’s freedoms for all.

Those of us who truly understand the meaning of sacrifice on this Aug. 7, National Purple Heart Day, will silently honor today and everyday our friends and heroes that gave so much for this nation.

Those sacrifices we honor this day is not a movement of civil unrest that professes hate and destruction under the guise of peaceful protest, as innocent children and people die in the streets of our cities from shootings and murders. But, rather a symbol of unconditional love through their sacrifice in the protection of our freedoms, for all in our nation.

Our heroes do not try to destroy and erase history no matter how bad it may have been. But, rather embrace history for what it was, so that we as a nation will not allow it to repeat itself.

Concentration Camps remain around Europe as a reminder of the 6 million Jews and up to 11 million total killed during this Nazi Holocaust persecution era. These camps remind all of us of the horrors of hate. Our historians realized no matter how much pain is connected to these camps we cannot erase this history and hate through the ignorance of trying to destroy this history. Today in America we see this ignorance of destruction permeating additional hate.

We from The Military Order of the Purple Heart today also profess our honor and respect for our police officers and their families for what they now endure everyday in the protection of our nation’s citizens in this climate of hate. Many Vietnam veterans endured this hate from so many in our nation that turned their back on us as we returned from the horrors of war instead of reaching out to show us comfort.

When one President stated, “Ask not what your country can do for you – Ask what you can do for your country,” those we honor on this National Purple Heart Day stood up in the protection for all in our nation, no matter what price they had to pay.

God Bless you my heroes of today and Christmas Past whose true sacrifices on this National Purple Heart Day emulates the true meaning of NO GREATER LOVE.

As stated, “”The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.”

Jack Wagner, Commander

The Bert Kurland Chapter 696

(Lee, Collier & Hendry Counties)

The Military Order

of the Purple Heart

(Honoring our Combat

Wounded Veterans)

P.O. Box 150702

Cape Coral, FL 33915-0702