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  •  Paul Morin did it again (3+ / 0-)
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    He also shared with everyone his political views on Memorial Day.

    The American Legion
    For God and Country * PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICE * P.O. BOX 1055 * INDIANAPOLIS, IN 46206-1055 * * (317) 630-1253 Fax (317) 630-1368

    Editor - The following guest editorial by the national commander of The American Legion is offered for your publication consideration.

    Guest Editorial - 464 Words
    Message to America: Respect Memorial Day
    By Paul A. Morin

    Here is a surprise, I am not going to defend the Iraq war. I won't even explain the importance of the war on terrorism. VA budget?  Not today. That's because this column is about Memorial Day, a hallowed day that should be about honoring the more than one million men and women who died in the service of this nation in wars and conflicts dating back to 1775. It should be above politics. Period.

    Yet one presidential candidate has blatantly violated the sanctity of this most special day. I recently received an e-mail from a group called "Supportthetroopsendthewar.com." It included a video of former Sen. John Edwards. He calls on Americans to use Memorial Day weekend as a time to "bring an end to this war." Shockingly, the video is titled "A Memorial Day Message from John Edwards," with the smoking gun note, "Paid for by John Edwards for President." Moreover, the e-mail recommends that Americans bring signs with the message "Support the troops, End the War" to local Memorial Day parades.

    Revolting is a kind word for it. It's as inappropriate as a political bumper sticker on an Arlington headstone. Edwards is hardly the first politician from either political party to exploit this day, a holiday that was consecrated with the blood of American heroes. But the e-mail makes me sick nonetheless. It needs to stop. This isn't about Edwards, it's about everybody. As national commander of The American Legion, I implore all candidates to refrain from politicking on Memorial Day.

    The families of those killed in war should not be led to believe that their loved ones died for a less-than-worthy cause. They died because they took an oath to defend this nation and its Constitution. The sacrifice is the same whether it's for a "popular war" or an unpopular one. - more - Memorial Day

    Memorial Day should be an occasion to bring Americans together to honor these heroes. It brings to mind the words of Army Sergeant First Class Jack Robison, who recently wrote from Iraq, "Sometimes I think God must be creating an elite unit in heaven, because He only seems to select the very best soldiers to bring home early." If you want to honor these heroes, visit a veterans' cemetery on Memorial Day. Attend a parade without the divisive political signs. Make cards for the comrades of the fallen that are recuperating in military and VA hospitals. Lay a wreath at the stone of a departed hero.  We Americans need to remember why Memorial Day is special. It's not about picnics or trips to the beach. It's not about making pro- or anti-war statements. It's not about supporting political candidates. It's about honor, duty and the ultimate sacrifice. It's about people who have decided that the United States is worth dying for.
    Paul A. Morin of Chicopee, Mass. is national commander of the 2.7 million-member American Legion, the nation's largest wartime veterans’ organization.

    Media Contacts: Ramona Joyce, (202) 263-2982; Cell, (202) 445-1161 or Joe March, (317) 630-1253; Cell (317) 748-1926.

    Did I tell you that I support John Edwards for President?

    Did I tell you that as of Veteran's Day I am an official Disabled American Veteran.

    and

    Did I tell you that I support IAVAW, VoteVets, and honor our Fallen Soldiers every night at IGTNT?

    Paging John Laesch, Jerry Northington [aka Possum], and Gilda Reed. You are needed in Congress - Now

    by llbear on Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 08:07:02 AM PST

    •  IIbear, I want to understand what you are (1+ / 0-)
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      saying and I don't. Please clarify for this idiot:)

      Patriotism is to our Nation and not to our President. FDR

      by TKK on Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 08:28:12 AM PST

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      •  TKK: Morin in the Memorial Day blast (2+ / 0-)
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        Thought it was a-ok to chew up John Edwards while he had his nose up Bush's butt.  At the same time that ass-hat Morin was defending the Secretary of Veteran's Abuse Affairs.  The American Legion stopped caring for or about Veterans around 20 years ago.  

        Locally, it's a good bar with cheap booze. Nationally, it's a Republican photo-op at best.

        Paging John Laesch, Jerry Northington [aka Possum], and Gilda Reed. You are needed in Congress - Now

        by llbear on Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 09:03:15 AM PST

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        •  I guess I go off the many men in my very small (1+ / 0-)
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          town (2500) who are member of the VFW and Am Legion who do unbelievable amounts of charity work and I know most of them and they are against the war, want it ended ASAP and they organize our parades on memorial day, fourth of july, labor day and veterans day and are in NO way seen as a political organization by the people in our town. Just guys who served and now have the commradery of their fellow soldiers and collect for charities and do many charitable acts.

          Patriotism is to our Nation and not to our President. FDR

          by TKK on Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 09:07:37 AM PST

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          •  Locally that's true (1+ / 0-)
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            Nationlly - not so much

            Hell - not at all

            Paging John Laesch, Jerry Northington [aka Possum], and Gilda Reed. You are needed in Congress - Now

            by llbear on Mon Nov 12, 2007 at 10:19:47 AM PST

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            •  that may be the issue here, although I lived (1+ / 0-)
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              in chicago for 13 years and portland maine 7 years, my only real exposure and personal contact with vfw and am legion has been in this small town.

              Patriotism is to our Nation and not to our President. FDR

              by TKK on Tue Nov 13, 2007 at 05:28:13 AM PST

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