Why a Veterans Honor Room? I’m a Veteran who has served this nation for 21 years and am still serving in the Retired Reserves. I served as medical support to the 82nd Airborne Division soldiers who helped to remove from office, a dictatorial leader, so that the people of Panama might have freedom. I served in Iraq to help mend the wounds of the soldiers who aided in the liberation of Kuwait and assisted soldiers who fought and bled so that those in Kuwait could have freedom from tyranny. I respectfully cm·ed for the remains of fallen soldiers as they were placed in the body bags so they could be sent home, knowing in my heart, they died so that someone unknown to them could have freedom. I was privileged to serve on the 9 member unit of a 17 member Honor Guard who reverently bore the casket, folded the Colors of the United States, and to rest those comrades who had died or had fallen on the battlefield for the sake of freedom.
Soldiers and sailors in the past have bled and died so that people in other lands could have freedom. American soldiers during WW ll fought so that other nations could once again have, what was taken away from them, freedom. Soldiers during the Korean and Vietnam war served so that others could have freedom from the tyranny of Communism, just to be forgotten and ostracized by many of those who didn’t serve nor had a soldiers heart. And soldiers today are still serving and dying so that someone unknown to them could have that precious gift called freedom. Soldiers have died for the cause of freedom to include the freedom that allows others, who have never served their nation, to disrespectfully mock and ridicule at the funeral of a fallen soldier, or the freedom to burn the flag.
Thousands of soldiers and sailors have been laid to rest in the nations National Cemeteries, and there are many who rest in unmarked graves in foreign lands and many whose graves lie in the murky depths of the sea, for the cause of freedom. They placed themselves in harms way and fought or were spared to fight so that others may not have to. So honor them for what they stood for, ‘freedom.’ Many Veterans live and die without ever hearing a “Thank You.” Veterans have sacrificed their home life so that others would not have to.
Many Veterans while serving in the military spent many a night on the wet and frozen ground so that others could sleep in a warm bed at night. Others spent many months at sea away from their spouse and children so that others didn’t have to. I see Veterans of this nation, who have served with honor, end up on some mad side begging for food. We have Veterans who have been wounded during our nations conflicts and deserve a better life but end up getting lost in our nations government bureaucracy. Some Veterans have paid the ultimate sacrifice so that others wouldn’t have to.
Why a Veterans Honor Room? It is to bring attention to those who have proudly served this nation, whether in war time OJ’ peacetime, and help renew the pride in those who have felt forgotten.
Daniel W. Moschenmse U.S. Army, Retired