Today we honor our veterans—the living and the dead.
Take a moment to ponder the enormous sacrifices made by our nation’s heroes and their families.
Millions and millions of people all over the world are forever in their debt.
Keep in mind that the U.S.military has freed more people on this earth from tyranny and evil than any other force. Certainly, American servicemen have done more for the cause of freedom and democracy than any so-called peace movement.
Because if the forces of good do not defeat evil, evil prevails.
A very close friend who survived Auschwitz and a death march in which he carried another man on his back for over seventy miles recently told me about the moment he was liberated:
I woke in the middle of the night and saw a dark figure moving through the barn in which I was hiding. He was carrying a gun and there was a bayonet on the tip. I recited the Sh’ma because I figured this was the end. Then the figure said something in English. He lit a match. I saw the American uniform. And I met my first American, a black soldier. He kneeled by my side and gave me a drink of water from his canteen. He said: “You are free.”
If the U.S. military disappeared today, cruelty, genocide and unlimited wars would engulf the planet. On the global stage, the U.S. military is the only effective force for good.
Karen and I wish all our friends, relatives and veterans a lovely and patriotic Shabbat.