We must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors.
Maggie's Notebook: Veteran's Day Remembrances.
American Revolution: 1775 to 1783 [Served: 184,000 to 250,000; KIA: 4,435]
War of 1812: 1812 to 1815 [Served: 286,730; KIA: 2,260]
Mexican War: 1846 to 1848 [Served: 78,718; KIA: 13,283]
Civil War: 1861 to 1865 [Served, Union: 2,213,363; KIA: 364,511 and Served, Confederate: 600,000 to 1,500,000; KIA: 133,881]
Spanish-American War: 1898 to 1902 [Served: 306,760; KIA: 386, total deaths = 2,446]
World War I: 1917 to 1918 [Served: 4,734,991; KIA: 53,402, total deaths = 116,516]
World War II: 1941 to 1945 [Served: 16,112,566; KIA: 291,557, total deaths = 405,399]
Korean War: 1950 to 1953 [Served: 5,720,000; KIA: 36,574, total deaths = 54,246]
Vietnam War: 1964 to 1975 [Served: 3,403,000; KIA: 58,220]
Desert Shield/Desert Storm – Liberation of Kuwait: 1990 to 1991 [Served: 694,550; KIA: 383, total deaths = 1,948]
War Against Terrorism/Jihad: CNN report, May of 2013.
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing which he is willing to fight, nothing that is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.
Ron Paul: Take care of veterans who served, but do not send send Americans to fight other people's wars without Congress declaring war as in the US Constitution.
To fellow veterans: Thanks for your service.
To oppose corruption in government is the highest obligation of patriotism.