by Bob Russell, ©2017, blogging at Conservative Daily News

(May 29, 2017) — I have written about the Claremore Veterans Center several times and feel the residents there deserve the respect of all Americans and anything I can do for them.  There are veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and early Gulf conflicts.  All of those men and women have earned the respect and honor of all of us as they served their nation, many doing so in an active war situation.

None of them make a big deal about their service although many saw combat in various battles/wars and some survived wounds to continue serving.  Some never saw battle but were in the position to, and willing to, fight had they been asked to do so.   No soldier desires war because they are the ones who go in harm’s way, but all of them are willing or they wouldn’t be in the military, especially those in combat arms MOS categories.  The infantry soldier is the most likely to be wounded or killed but anyone assigned to a war zone is a potential casualty, especially in today’s environment where IED and random terror bombings are so prevalent.

As you spend your day in recreation, cooking, eating, and playing, please take a few moments to remember those who have sacrificed and those now sacrificing their lives to give us the opportunity to enjoy this day in liberty, because without them we all would be living in a world barak obama, hillary clinton, and others desire, one of oppression, suffering, and tyranny.  Whether Nazi, Soviet, or some other dictatorial oppression, we would be subject to one of them if not for those willing to lay their lives down in the name of freedom and liberty for others.  All of us owe the dead, and the living veterans, a great deal of honor and respect.

At least we had people in control during World War II who would only settle for total victory through the unconditional surrender of our enemies.  Since then we have seen a compromise with tyranny in Korea leading to an “armistice,” virtual political surrender in Vietnam, and “containment” efforts in the Middle East in the last wars our nation has been involved in.  It seems the political ruling class is more concerned with not “offending” our enemies than they are in defeating them.  I am too old and in too poor health to help fight wars today, but my warrior spirit has not diminished.

I want to see enemies of liberty totally defeated, not merely “contained.”  The enemy we face today is no less satanic than were Hitler, Mussolini, the Japanese warlords, or Saddam Hussein.  Please, I urge you to spend at least part of your Memorial Day thinking of the millions, living and dead, who have helped America be the beacon of liberty to an oppressed world.  Jesus Christ died for our sins and many Americans died or fought for our freedom throughout the last 242 years.  Let us not forget nor ignore the sacrifices of so many.  To all of them, living and dead, and to their families, I say “Thank You” from the bottom of my heart.  There is nothing I can ever do to adequately honor you but I try my best to do so every day.  I also try to live my life to show Jesus in my life to everyone every day and pray that I am successful in properly honoring the eternal salvation He provided for me.

I submit this in the name of the Most Holy Trinity, in faith, with the responsibility given to me by Almighty God to honor His work and not let it die from neglect.

Bob Russell

Claremore, Oklahoma





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  1. Well said, Bob, nice article.

    You didn’t give lip service, in your writing you gave from the heart. And thanks for your witness and sharing your faith in Christ.

    Your words came across as truly sincere. As a veteran, thanks so much. Because of citizens like you it was an honor to serve.

    Sgt. Jeffrey Harrison USMC 1980 to 1989