All American Face

by Leysa Lowery

What is the all-American face?
Some say it’s white —
Others argue it should be
The face of a Native American —
Others say it’s the faces of
Their children, sweet and innocent,
Or the svelte model
On the cover of the sports magazine —
Or maybe the smiling basketball star —
Or Norman Rockwell’s subject
In a Sunday-go-to-meeting suit.

I saw the all-American face today.
It was worn by a soldier
Dressed in desert camouflage.
He/she was white/black/brown
He/she was smiling
Waving at the camera
Telling his/her spouse/mother/child
“I love you!”
“I’m OK!”
It was a beautiful face
An all-American face.

PLEASE REMEMBER OUR MILITARY  THIS HOLIDAY SEASON AND THROUGHOUT THE YEARS TO COME.

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The Negro-Indian

The Medal of Honor, this nation’s highest honor for valor, was awarded to four Seminole-Negro Indian Scouts.

See more at http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/1564993/the_negroindian.html

Ed Freeman~Someone We Should Know

 You’re an 19 year old kid. You’re critically wounded, and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley, 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, Vietnam. Your infantry unit is out numbered 8 – 1, and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in. You’re lying there, listening to the enemy machine guns, and you know you’re not getting out. Your family is 1/2 way around the world, 12,000 miles away, and you’ll never see them again. As the world starts to fade in and out, you know this is the day. Then, over the machine gun noise, you faintly hear that sound of a helicopter, and you look up to see an un-armed Huey, but it doesn’t seem real, because no Medi-Vac markings are on it. Ed Freeman is coming for you. He’s not Medi-Vac, so it’s not his job, but he’s flying his Huey down into the machine gun fire, after the Medi-Vacs were ordered not to come. He’s coming anyway. And he drops it in, and sits there in the machine gun fire, as they load 2 or 3 of you on board. Then he flies you up and out through the gunfire, to the Doctors and Nurses. And, he kept coming back…. 13 more times….. And took about 30 of you and your buddies out, who would never have gotten out. Medal of Honor Recipient, Ed Freeman, died last Wednesday at the age of 80, in Boise, ID ……May God rest his soul….. (Oh yeah, Paul Newman died that day too. I guess you knew that — He got a lot more press than Ed Freeman.) Ed Freeman

The Forgotten Confederates-African-Americans

Cold Harbor, Va. African Americans collecting bones of soldiers killed in the battle

Cold Harbor, Va. African Americans collecting bones of soldiers killed in the battle

The Forgotten Confederates-African-Americans
“When you eliminate the Black Confederate soldier, you’ve eliminated the history of the South.” quoted from General Robert E. Lee, in 1864.

http://www.associatedcontent.comarticle/1505727/the_forgotten_confederatesafricanamericans.html

Army to report record number of suicides

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/01/28/army.suicides/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

The U.S. Army will report Thursday the highest level of suicides among its soldiers since it began tracking the rate 28 years ago. Time for the troops to come home.  Don’t believe me, visit the 18-19 years amputees at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Secretary of the Army Pete Geren congratulates Sgt. Kelly Keck after presenting him a Purple Heart at Walter Reed Medical Center.