I AM A WARRIOR
First Peppermint gives special honor to her Grandpa, her Uncles Bob and Charlie, her Brother Paul, and his son Steven, 4 generations of Marines who fought in wars for this country.
We give our thanks to all who served for our country. Since it is Memorial Day we should give our troops, now and from other wars, the biggest tribute possible.
As of today we have over 900,000 military member’s whose benefits are on hold and they have to wait up to 2 to 3 years to be processed. What can we say about a government so buried in bureaucracy that even our Vets can’t receive what is duly their right. This administration however does make sure it takes care of the lazy bums who won’t work with more benefits receiving approximately $60,000, more money than most working people or Social Security recipients get. And what do our Vets get? A door closed in their face.
This is a national disgrace and add it to the other scandals if you please.
What really happens in this country? Instead of honoring our troops, people are flying into malls and other shopping areas to get “good deals”. Our soldiers are forgotten while people rush to shop for the new grill on sale.
So I’m going to show you a little something different that comes from the Czech Republic that will put America to shame. The following are pictures and explanations of the tribute given by the Czechs in their country to our American troops.
This is an amazing story of remembrance. In the Czech Republic , the school children of the equivalent of fifth grade are each assigned one of the American and Canadian liberators buried there. Their grave is the student’s responsibility for the year and they learn all there is to know of their own hero. Their surviving family is sent letters and they respond to the annual child who tends their loved one’s grave.
Have you ever wondered if anyone in Europe remembers America ‘s sacrifice in World War II? There is an answer in a small town in the Czech Republic . The town called Pilsen ( Plzen ).
Every 5 years, Pilsen conducts the Liberation Celebration of the City of Pilsen in the Czech Republic . May 6th, 2010, marked the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Pilsen by General George Patton’s 3rd Army. Pilsen is the town that every American should visit. Because they love America and the American Soldier.
Even 65 years later… by the thousands,
At the time, this 20-year-old pilot’s P-47 Thunderbolt
plane was shot down, a young 14-year-old Czech girl, Zdenka Sladkova, was so moved by his sacrifice she made a vow to care for him and his memory. For 65 straight years, Zdenka, now 79-years-old, took on the responsibility to care for Virgil’s crash site and memorial near her home.
On May 4th, she was recognized by the Mayor of Zdenka’s home town of Trhanova , Czech Republic , for her sacrifice and extraordinary effort to honor this American hero.
Each year, a different military hero will be honored in tribute to General Patton’s memory and their mission to liberate Europe . This award will be presented to a graduating senior who will be entering the military or a form of community service such as fireman, policeman, teaching or nursing — a cause greater than self. The student will be from 1 of the 5 high schools in Pilsen , Czech Republic .
Presenting Virgil’s award was someone who knows the true meaning of service and sacrifice… someone who looks a lot like Virgil. Marion Kirkham, Virgil’s brother,
who himself served during WWII in the United States Army Air Corps!
This should put all of America to shame. What BIG celebration do we see here in America except the wreath placed on the unknown soldier tomb. Do we see this across the States celebrating our heroes?
We give our thanks in honor of all those who have served in our military, any branch, for their courage, honor, bravery and especially for keeping us free.
A hat tip to Dan G for sending me these pictures. Thanks Dan!