Though it is true that our rights come from "Nature and Nature's God," there are always those would seek to deprive us of our life and liberty, our property and security. Our rights must often be claimed and even fought for — sometimes at great sacrifice.
It is right, therefore, that we mark today to honor all those who have served in the armed forces of the United States. As war with Iraq approaches, we do well to remember those who have placed their lives at risk in service to their country.
Ours is a nation born in a war of revolution, and so the veteran holds a special place in American life and history. George Washington, upon resigning his command of the Continental Army, offered a farewell message to his troops in which he offered, "in their behalf his recommendations to their grateful country, and his prayers to the God of the Armies. May ample justice be done them here, and may the choicest of heaven's favours, both here and hereafter, attend those who, under the divine auspices, have secured innumerable blessings for others."
In this spirit, we invite you to read this essay on Veterans' Day by Claremont Institute fellow Mackubin T. Owens.
- Nothing Sweeter: Reflections on Veterans Day, 2002, by Mackubin Thomas Owens