Memorial Day, 2011

Thank you to all of our soldiers, men and women, who have served this country in the last 225 years.

This includes several of my ancestors, one of whom was a general and served as an aide to General Washington  in the Revolutionary War, and goes through my family and all the way up to my father and his brother, who both served in Korea.

I’d also like to say a special thank you to all those brave soldiers who served (and who still serve today) – even though it was made abundantly clear that this country did not consider them full citizens. The Japanese-Americans who served in Europe when their families were being interned in California. The African-Americans who served in spite of being called the N-word and relegated to segregated barracks, mess halls and menial jobs.

There are gay soldiers who have given their lives for this country. There are also those who risk their lives every day for this country and yet are not allowed to be who they are, who must live a lie, who are publicly shamed and lose their careers if their commanders find out they are gay.

On the whole, America is a good country. We have, however, lost our way over the last 30 years.

I hope we can find our way again in the coming years.

Thank you to all who serve, no matter who you are, no matter what color your skin, no matter who you love, no matter which god you worship and even if you worship no god at all. Thank you for your service.

We will try harder to live up to it.


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