(Archive - Week of May 9 - May 15, 2004)

Armed Forces Day

How did it officially begin? On August 31, 1949 then Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of Armed Forces Day. President Harry S. Truman also announced the holiday in a presidential proclamation on February 20, 1950 . All branches of the military were asked to celebrate on this day and they complied on the first Armed Forces Day which was held the following year on May 20, 1950 . Armed Forces Day is now celebrated on the 3 rd Saturday in May.

On Saturday, May 15 is Armed Forces Day. The following is a bit of American history of our great American heroes that served in wars as well as in peace. At the end I will list the total that was killed during the many battles of different wars while striving for freedom and liberty for all freedom loving people. We have paid a big price and it's not over yet.

The Purple Heart is not awarded for heroic achievements or bravery on the battle field. It' not like many would say that the recipient earned it in war. It is given to those who unfortunately got injured while engaged in war.

How many young Americans will be killed in the Iraq War aka George W. Bush's War. Just like a lunatic would do, he ordered our forces to invade Iraq . This was the worst mistake any president has ever made. Iraq was not a target. They had none of the weapons that Bush claimed they had. We had the nation of Iraq surrounded. We had no threat from Iraq . Iraq was not involved in 9-11-01 . How many Americans will be slaughtered because of Bush's bad judgment? How many Purple Hearts will be required before the war ends? We now have about 750 Americans killed and sent home in body-bags … more than 4,000 wounded – some with no legs and arms. Why would any American support Bush for re-election? John Kerry is the right man to get us out of this mess recovering some respect and decency to our nation again. Perhaps the best thing to do is, “declare victory and go home.”

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