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This Veterans Day, a grateful nation recognized the sacrifice, heroism and honor demonstrated by the men and women who have served their nation in the defense of freedom. Most Americans have an overwhelming sense of appreciation and pride in the work all our veterans have performed in making us the greatest nation in the history of the world. That is if you are not a liberal Democrat.

Liberal are too busy criticizing and attacking our military to take even a moment to thank them for their service. Instead they refer to the finest people on the planet in some of the most vulgar and degrading terms a military service person can imagine. It is in their blood. They can't help themselves.

Comments like, "There was no firefight; there was no IED (improvised explosive device) that killed these innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood."

Or maybe we hear "[T]here is no reason ... that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know."

Of course we are to believe that comments like, "If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others – that had no concern for human beings," are spoken from the heart full of "patriotism." Our soldiers grouped together with the likes of Pol Pot, Stalin and Hitler? The folks that say this stuff are sick!

Then we hear the voices from the Senate claiming we have lost the war in Iraq while a daytime TV slob claims American soldiers have killed 650,000 innocent civilians. No basis of fact for either comment. Just the unbridled love they have for the soldiers is what inspires them to such outrageous comments, right? Love of country, right? All in the name of patriotism. Doing their part to "elevate the debate." Never concerning themselves with what their ridiculous words do to the morale of the troops or hopes of the enemy. They need psychiatric help.

So liberals loathe the military just as if it is any other day. They just can't bring themselves to appreciate or honor the millions whom have fought, bleed and died with honor. They prefer to select a few bad apples and paint the whole with the few. Hopefully the likes of Cindy Sheehan and the members of Code Pink momentarily put aside their unfounded hatred of our troops and chose to not protest our military men and women for just that one day.

I prefer, as I'm sure you do, to thank the men and women of the Armed Forces from the bottom of our hearts for what they have do for us. Whether it is the famous like Ted Williams who left baseball at the height of his career to fly fighters, Pat Tillman who left the NFL to fight in Afghanistan or the unknown like Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor from California and Lori Piestewa from the Hopi tribe in Arizona they are all heroes and their sacrifice is greatly appreciated.

Whether it is a soldier changing the oil of the trucks and tanks, cooking the chow, fighting in the field or the general calling the orders; they are all reasons you and I enjoy freedom. They are everything good about America because each one of them is about service. They serve something bigger than self.

So, in closing, I offer the words from a letter my hero Ronald Wilson Reagan and his wife Nancy placed in the Vietnam Memorial Nov. 11, 1988. They reflect all that is welling up in my heart on this Veterans Day for everyone who has served our nation:

"Our young friends – yes, young friends, for in our hearts you will always be young, full of the love that is youth, love of life, love of joy, love of country – you fought for your country and for its safety and for the freedom of others with strength and courage. We love you for it. We honor you. And we have faith that, as He does all His sacred children, the Lord will bless you and keep you, the Lord will make His face to shine upon you and give you peace, now and forever more."

"Thank you for giving to your country."

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