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A Memorial Day Thank You to President Obama from a Veteran

Dear President Barack Hussein Obama;

I am a Veteran of the United States Navy, and I am proud of my service. While I was fortunate enough to be a sailor during peace time, many of my fellow sailors were involved in fighting to defend this country both before and after my service. While I was prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, I was never called upon to do so.

But in the long history of the United States military, many have been called upon to give their lives so that we may enjoy the freedoms that only the United States of America has offered for so long. Knowing that your life is being given in exchange for the freedom of America makes the sacrifice justifiable in the mind of the Hero being asked to pay such a high price.

In most cases, this sacrifice is far more than one single life. You have never allowed yourself to be placed in a position where you would be asked to fight and die for your country. So, let me explain what goes through the mind of each and every man and woman as they take the Oath of Enlistment and begin their service.

“I might be killed.”

And then the mind begins to expand on exactly what that means. Since most are young, single and without children, it means an entire branch of a family tree will be eliminated. It means not walking down the aisle with the love of your life. It means not seeing your children being born. It means not watching  them grow and learn to love the freedoms you so strongly believe in.

It means not walking your daughters down the aisle in their own wedding and it means no Father – Daughter dance. And no grandchildren or great grandchildren to enjoy in your golden years.

It means that your parents will have to live with a wound that will never heal.

No, Mr. President. You do not and cannot understand exactly what that sacrifice means. In your world, the death means nothing more than one life lost. You are so caught up in what you perceive as  the evil of America’s past that you are unable to see beyond your blind hatred of this past and view the sacrifice for what it really is. It is a decision that deprives the country not just of one fallen hero, but an entire line of potential heroes who have the genetic makeup to truly love their country. Something that is apparently missing from your DNA.

I served under a president who was the most inept man to ever hold the title of Commander in Chief, James Earl Carter. President Carter may have been inept, but there was never one second that I doubted his love of this country, or his understanding of exactly what he was asking of the Soldiers, Sailors and Marines  who served under his command.

Mr. President, you, sir, do not even measure up to former President Carter.

But I want to thank you for realizing your flaw. You see, to those of us that understand freedom and sacrifice, that it is far beyond one’s own self, Memorial Day is a time for somber reflection and prayer for the fallen, but for those who were never born. It is a time to lament the friends, cousins, husbands and wives that will never be because their forefather or mother gave their lives. Yes, indeed, their sacrifice sent massive waves through time and forever changed the population of the planet, something you are incapable of comprehending.

I want to personally thank you for sharing your Memorial Day with your Muslim friend Louis Farrakhan, another man filled with hate for America. I would hope you will invite your former “pastor” Jeremiah Wright, who was truly prophetic when he said “America’s chickens have come home to roost.”  They most certainty have, and they are roosting in Chicago today.

I want to thank you for not sullying the memory and loss of America’s heroes who gave more than you will ever understand.

You will never be worthy enough to wash the feet of these brave souls, let alone lay a wreath at their graves.


Tom White

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

8 Responses to “A Memorial Day Thank You to President Obama from a Veteran”

  1. reposted…sounds like he served around the same time as my father

  2. Rebecca, I wrote that. I served in the 70’s. It is from the heart. Tom White, Editor – Virginia Right!

  3. Oh ok!! my dad enlisted in ’73 and stayed in for 22 yrs…thank you for your service and sacrafice to our country! Happy Memorial Day!!

  4. You Dad is one of those who saw the wars I wrote about. My service in peace time was really not a sacrifice. But the mindset of everyone serving is the same. You know what you might be asked to do. And you are blessed if you never get that call. Thank your Dad for me and Happy Memorial Day to all!

  5. Oh, and Rebecca – I have a daughter about your age who just finished at CNU and is getting married in 2 weeks. Reflections on what might not have been put the ultimate sacrifice into perspective. Others gave their lives so that I might walk my daughter down the isle and have that Father – Daughter dance. I am so grateful to God for allowing this to be.

  6. You did sacrafice…I always say that the military is not a job or career, it’s a complete lifestyle. My dad was never in combat, but there were plenty of Med Cruises. He left for 6 months when I was 3 weeks old. A military lifestyle affects the entire family, but you won’t hear them sit around complaining for the most part. You just made me realize how lucky I am. I almost lost my dad 3 1/2 yrs ago to a heart attack that put him in a coma. One of the things that stuck out in my mind when I would be sitting next to his bed crying (I always cry…teary-eyed right now :)) was the fear that I wouldn’t have him to walk me down the aisle one day. God was listening and gave us a miracle becuase he has fully recovered and other than doctor appointments, hasn’t changed one bit. I hope you and your daughter cherish those moments and keep them in your hearts because we both know how precious they are, especially when it involves the bond between a father and his daughter. In our eyes, our fathers are heros. I will definitely pass your thanks along to my dad when I call him later. Congratulations on your daughter’s upcoming wedding, also!!

  7. Thanks, Rebecca. I am SO glad your Dad pulled through. I admit to excess moisture in my eyes writing this, and I totally doubt I will make it through her wedding without a few tears. Good ones, though. Her husband (to be) is the man I would have picked for her, if I could.

    I am sure your Dad will get to feel the same emotions I am going to experience in 2 weeks. He deserves it! I know he really proud of you.


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