What happened to patriotism? It’s still there, but not as visible as before. Only 1% of our population wears the uniform that says “I am a defender of freedom. Your freedom.”
You would literally trip over a vet after World War II. If you had not served, you stood out. It is time for American Legionnaires to stand out and stand up for their fellow veterans in small town America.
Let everyone know that their freedom was not free. Let them know that our flag is fluttering proudly because someone stood up and said, “I will serve.” The red, white and blue flies over our great land because they where there to continue a long tradition of patriotism and service.
They are now returning home. Let’s make sure that as the bands grow quiet and America steps back from active armed combat, that no one forgets our brave men and women who are now stepping off a chartered aircraft or cargo plane for the last time and returning home.
Who will stand up to protect their benefits and rights? Who will help them find help and care? You and I will. We do it because other vets were there for us when we returned home. That is what the American Legion has done for 93 years and will continue to do in both large and small posts from coast to coast.