Breeden: ’Our veterans — brave men and women all’

Our elected officials say “thank you” to our men and women in uniform

Breeden: ’Our veterans — brave men and women all’Our Veterans — brave men and women all — have been told too often, “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” To all their credit they live and have lived with that acceptance but so much more. Pride, honor, courage and a willingness to serve.

From President George W. Bush in 2001 who said, “Throughout America’s adventure in free government, our basic purposes have been to keep the peace; to foster progress in human achievement, and to enhance liberty, dignity and integrity among people and among nations. To strive for less would be unworthy of a free and religious people. Any failure traceable to arrogance, or our lack of comprehension or readiness to sacrifice would inflict upon us grievous hurt both at home and abroad.”

President Dwight Eisenhower said, “Progress toward these noble goals is persistently threatened by the conflict now engulfing the world. It commands our whole attention, absorbs our very beings. We face a hostile ideology-- global in scope, atheistic in character, ruthless in purpose, and insidious in method. Unhappily the danger it poses promises to be of indefinite duration. To meet it successfully, there is called for, not so much the emotional and transitory sacrifices of crisis, but rather those which enable us to carry forward steadily, surely, and without complaint the burdens of a prolonged and complex struggle — with liberty the stake. Only thus shall we remain, despite every provocation, on our charted course toward permanent peace and human betterment.”

All who have served understand this even more fully than any of us who either were or are recipients of the rewards for their service — freedom! The record of many decades stands as proof that our people and their government have understood these truths and have responded to them well, in the face of all threats.

I ask for support, thanks, understanding and accolades for all the families who have served us almost as fully as each and every veteran has done.

May they all understand and feel our commitment and support — always!

I am so proud of all who have and continue to serve!

— Ridgecrest Mayor Peggy Breeden

Story First Published: 2019-11-08