Stars And Stripes Founder: Memorial Shutdown A Juvenile Insult
Editor's note: Joe Dean is the founder and former president of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. He is writing on behalf of himself, not the Honor Flight.
There really is no understating this: they saved the free world. Seven decades ago, our fathers and mothers our grandfathers and grandmothers, pulled together in the most remarkable show of teamwork this country has ever known and they saved the free world. Often afraid, they took the fight to Hitler and to Hirohito. From Iwo Jima to Normandy, to the Battle of the Bulge and far beyond, on the seas, in the air and in hand to hand combat these reluctant warriors, answered the call of a war-weary world.
Freedom met evil.
Freedom teetered precariously in the balance.
Thanks to them, freedom won.
In light of these amazing sacrifices, the closing of the memorials in our Nation’s Capitol stands as a particularly juvenile insult. Sadly, it also smacks of a remarkable naivete; a careless disregard and a truly enormous act of disrespect for our veterans and for our collective history.