My Veteran’s Day Tribute

I wanted to honor our Veterans today. What better way than to share what they had to say? Be their voices, stand with them, and honor them with our words and actions. Thank you to all who have served.

“I realized that if I don’t just respect and remember and honor the boys who were there with me, nobody’s going to.”
Richard R. DeLeon, Tayninh, Vietnam.

RICHARD R. DELEON

As a medic in Vietnam, Richard DeLeon, who had prided himself as a street-tough New Yorker, saw things he would never see in Manhattan. What impressed him most was the camaraderie the men felt for him and one another, the kind of fierce loyalty that drove his best buddy to rescue the lone survivor of a copter crash at the risk of his own life. DeLeon had a difficult time readjusting to civilian life, especially when he saw how cavalier his co-workers on Wall Street were about the casualties of war.

“Every soldier learns in time that war is a lonely business,” wrote Matthew Ridgway, one of America’s great generals, who served in World War II and Korea. In the face of Ridgway’s accurate observation is any soldier’s sense that in battle, the man on your right or the man on your left could be the man who saves your life. Here are the stories of veterans who came to understand that, as lonely a business as war can be, the camaraderie planted in basic training and nurtured through the hardships of the battlefield is a powerful weapon against fear.”

quoted from “Experiencing War” the Library of Congress Veterans History Project site, as are the other quotes below. Go visit the site Forever A Soldier book highlight

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