Did We Sacrifice in Vain? (RR)


by OPOVV, ©2019

Photo: By photographer not identified. US Coast Guard – Photograph from the U.S. Coast Guard Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9092357

(Jun. 5, 2019) — “Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to ‘The Pulse of the Nation,’ your reprieve from the idiocy spouted by the CNN‘s in our life. Before we start interviewing our neighbors as they catch the commuter train to the big city, I want to share with you what happened to me yesterday. It was my idea to go to a Veterans’ cemetery to pay my respects that wouldn’t interfere with a holiday or a remembrance day such as D-Day. I wanted to go free of crowds and circumstance, hassle with parking and questions of service and experience, so I picked 9:00 in the morning, thinking I would be alone with my thoughts.

“I parked way in the back and started to slowly walk down the rows, reading the names and day born and died. Most had the cross, a few the Star of David; lots of WWII with Korea, Vietnam here and there and then the whiter tombstones of the Iraqi and Afghanistan conflicts. And then I heard what sounded like a sob, one of those rare sobs that you hear – or make – and when the crying is over, the tears no longer flow, but the mind mourns the loss no less drastically. I looked around, but all I saw was row upon row of tombstones.  I continued my sojourn until I turned into another row, and there she was, a lady in her 20’s, lying on her stomach with her hands wrapped around the tombstone, her body wracked with sobs.

“I slowly backed away, quiet as a mouse, and walked back to where I was parked. I felt a tremendous sadness wash over me because there’s nothing that I could’ve said that would’ve helped share the burden of her broken heart. Okay, I paid my penance in ways that were never anticipated and on the way home I thought about when young lives are extinguished on the field of battle.

“Okay, I wanted to share that little experience with you.  I must say that lady lying on the ground, with her hands holding on to the tombstone in a death grip, is a very powerful image that reminds me to rely more and more on the Bible when I can’t figure things out for myself. So, let’s get this show on the road: hello, my name is Roving and we’re back on our corner, under the awning, across the street from the railroad station about to waylay this young woman. Excuse me, Miss, care to be interviewed on live TV? Roving here for ‘Pulse.’

“I listened in on your your trip to the VA cemetery. It’s one thing to see a person kneel next to a tombstone and cry, but to see a young woman lying on top of her dead husband brought tears to my eyes. All I could think of is that poor, poor woman. I do wish his death wasn’t in vain.”

“I’d say we all feel the same way.”

“I wasn’t going to say anything, but England, having been a member of the EU for the last 17 years, is in pretty sad shape; not as bad as Sweden but worse off than the United States.”

“Worse off? In what way?”

“At its inception, the EU was touted as a ‘we’re stronger together’ concept, but the reality was to eliminate borders, resulting in welcoming the very people who we’re fighting in the Middle East. They were used and now their citizens are abused, so I guess the horrible death of Lee Rigby on a London sidewalk was in vain because look at London now with its Muslim mayor. Looks like the same thing is happening right here in our own country.”

“For sure, because we have Tlaib and Omar (0:16).

“As our country goes down the tubes. Look, I don’t want to sound like an alarmist, but if we can’t turn it around we’ll lose our Republic; it’s as easy to understand as that. We can go to the moon but we can’t deport each and every undesirable from our borders? Give me a break.”

“Good point. It’s not looking good.”

“Talk all you want, but the truth is that our country is worse off today than it was ten years ago; the USA is worse off than it was a year ago; and we’re worse off today than we were yesterday. We all know the solution, and if we would get rid of Mitch McConnell, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi now, today, it’ll be a darn good place to start and then cashier every government employee that was hired during the Obama years, or talk it to death.”

“They’ll talk it to death, just as they’ve been talking our country to death for the past 30 years.”

“You know, the way our country is going with all of these illegal immigrants and Hillary Clinton afforded a different set of rules — I mean, had we done what she did, we’d be in jail. It makes me wonder if my time in the military was worth it, and I bet I’m not alone to feel this way. Look, our guys won D-Day, and it would be a shame to see our country go to the dogs, okay? I see no problem with DACA, just deport them: end of story. Socialism? I don’t think so, and it really ticks me off that people are actually discussing the possibility. Look, we’ve run out of time and I must sign off, and so, on behalf of the crew, I’ll be wishing you all a goodnight: Goodnight.

“Good show. Join us for burgers: my treat.”

You’ll Never Walk Alone” (3:42)


5 Responses to "Did We Sacrifice in Vain? (RR)"

  1. Robert Laity   Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 4:50 AM

    James Carter, Welcome home to you also. I left from Da Nang airbase in 1974 to make the trip home from Vietnam to Western NY. I served ’73-’74 in Vietnam.

  2. OPOVV   Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 9:42 AM

    Rhetorical question, and the conclusion is obviously the adage, “eternal vigilance”, and as long as there’s people like us who are willing to walk-the-walk, our country stands a fighting chance. It is good to continue the discussion of how corrupt the Swamp/Deep State/New World Order is in their continuing coup d’état. We owe the P&E a heartfelt “Thank you” for being there when our country needs it the most.

  3. Tim   Friday, June 7, 2019 at 6:56 PM

    Re: Carter, Laity . . .
    I’m seeing why I feel so much at home as a faithful follower of the Post&Email comments. We think alike because of shared experiences. “Garry Owen” my brothers, from B 5/7 1st AirCavDiv (68-69).

  4. James Carter   Friday, June 7, 2019 at 9:44 AM

    Robert Laity —

    Welcome Home Brother. Da Nang Air Base ’67-’68. Well stated. Your last sentence reminded me of the last paragraph of the poem “In Flanders Fields”:

    In Flanders Fields

    In Flanders fields the poppies blow
    Between the crosses, row on row,
    That mark our place; and in the sky
    The larks, still bravely singing, fly
    Scarce heard amid the guns below.

    We are the Dead. Short days ago
    We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
    Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
    In Flanders fields.

    Take up our quarrel with the foe:
    To you from failing hands we throw
    The torch; be yours to hold it high.
    If ye break faith with us who die
    We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
    In Flanders fields.

    — Major John McCrae, Doctor, Canadian Army, 1919

    Wednesday evening, 5 June 2019, I participated in the “Reading of the names” (Americans who gave their lives for our freedom) at the National WWII Memorial in Washington DC. I was there from 5:45pm to 8:15 and there were never more than 15 people in line to read the names, with a core group of only 3 people, and only a spattering of spectators. I got in line 5 times, reading 20 names each time. But for a 7am appointment at the VA hospital in DC I would have stayed until the last name was read.

    Thursday morning, 6 June 2019, following my 7 am appointment at the VA hospital in DC I attended the 10 am – 11 am 75th D-Day Commemorative Ceremony at the National WWII Memorial in DC. Thankfully it was standing room only, with 30 WWII Veterans and dignitaries from all over the world laying their country’s “Wreath Of Remembrance”.

    My father, RIP Dad, was Executive Officer of an artillery unit which went ashore Omaha Beach on 22 July 1944, was among the allied forces which liberated Paris, and fought in the Battle of the Ardennes — first in the Heurtgen Forst then the “Bulge”.

    “We don’t know them all, but we owe them all.”

  5. Robert Laity   Friday, June 7, 2019 at 1:03 AM

    Our sacrifice is not in vain. I am a Vietnam war combat veteran. I certainly do not think that my service was in vain. We fight for a reason. To preserve our republic. In fact I founded Society for the Preservation of Democracy and Human Rights on the 200th Anniversary of the Constitution on September 17, 1989. The name of my organization has since changed to Society for the Preservation of our American Republic. It is never in vain to fight for “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”. Never. That said, Liberty and Freedom are very fragile and “We the People” who lived before us understood that well. The VA Hospital where I once worked has a sign in front saying “Freedom is not free”. There is always a cost and our ancestors were ready and willing to pay that price. Yesterday was D-day. Thousands fought valiantly for our freedoms and liberty. They did not fight vain. They paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. Those who died and those who proffered their own lives in defense of the innocent are equally heroic. Service in pursuit of preserving our nation’s freedom and the freedom of other freedom loving nations is not in vain [having no result]. Had we veterans not fought in pursuit of preserving our republic, you and I would not be here writing about it under the protections under our U.S. Constitution. It is EVERY generation’s solemn duty as an American do defend our rights and liberty. It is a torch that is passed on from one generation of Americans to another.,from “We the People” living now, upon whom that responsibility has been passed along to until such time as we leave this place, hopefully in a better state then we found it in. Until we pass that torch along to our posterity so that they too can enjoy living free of tyranny.


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