Allen West “Our Military: Who to Honor, How, and When”

It is sad that the majority of Americans, including the President of the United States, get easily confused over the goal of  Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, and Armed Forces Day. As Allen West points out, these days are set aside for specific purposes. Even more important is that thought that these days are set aside to honor the sacrifices made and the service still being rendered.  Do not limit your honor to them to just these days. Some made the ultimate sacrifice, while others just stood on the wall. They all wrote a blank check for their lives. Remember that when you vote in November.

Memorial Day

As Written By Allen B. West, Townhall:

“Congress designated May as National Military Appreciation Month in 1999 to ensure the nation was given the opportunity to publicly demonstrate their appreciation for the sacrifices and successes made by our servicemembers – past and present. Each year the president makes a proclamation, reminding Americans of the important role the U.S. Armed Forces have played in the history and development of our country.”

That is the official explanation of the purpose of May as National Military Appreciation Month. My question is, how many of you actually knew about this? And what exactly does Military Appreciation mean in America? Does it mean we have some rhetorical declarations from the president – gotta tell y’all, President Obama just threatened to veto the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act last week. Is that part of his proclamation of military appreciation? Threatening the NDAA because there is an issue with funding for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) – you know we don’t call it combat or war anymore.

Why would President Obama threaten to veto the NDAA, in Military Appreciation Month, over the issue of GITMO unlawful enemy combatant release? If the president truly appreciated our men and women in the military, then what makes those who would kill them more important?

It is National Military Appreciation Month. However, consider what it means to our men and women in uniform when our own Secretary of State expresses his appreciation to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, a designated terrorist organization, for their care of ten US Navy Sailors. You remember, those Sailors who had their Riverine assault boats seized and were forced to their knees at gunpoint by the Iranians. Or how appreciative are we of our men and women in uniform when we deploy them into combat zones, but tell them it is not a combat zone and they are not there for combat – regardless of the enemy shooting at them. And how immensely appreciative are we when our rules of engagement are so adversarial and confusing that it allows the enemy to seize the initiative? …….


What Is Military Appreciation? – Allen West

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