Picture of Airmen honoroing US veterans in an article on Veteran's Day by Allen West on the Old School Patriot.

The Last Full Measure of Devotion

In Front Page, History, Military by Allen West

Greetings, everyone, from Knoxville, Tennessee!

Last night I attended the University of Tennessee Army ROTC Hall of Fame induction dinner and reunion. Today we are heading over to the alumni tailgate and the Tennessee vs Kentucky football game.

It is a great weekend to celebrate being around my fellow Volunteer Army brothers and sisters who have served long and distinguished careers in the service of our country. Even as we are witnessing the worst about our democracy, voter fraud — and yes, that is what it is — remember what today represents.

Today is the 243rd birthday of one of the most lethal fighting forces the world has ever known: our United States Marine Corps. Back in Tun Tavern, November 10, 1775, this elite and magnificent fighting was established, and their history is legendary, storied. Today, we celebrate and remember those men and women, like my older brother, who have worn the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor. I was honored to have had three years to serve alongside Marines at Camp Lejeune as an Army exchange officer.

And this Sunday, it will be the 100th anniversary of the end of the war to end all wars, World War I. It has been over a decade since America lost its last WW I veteran, Frank Buckles. The date November 11, 1918, first was recognized as Armistice Day. On that day, the 11th hour, the 11th day, of the 11th month, the guns fell silent. Today, we remember November 11th as Veterans Day. It is the day we remember all those who were willing to make the last full measure of devotion in service to our great nation.

There's something about America: when you take a deep breath, you're breathing air that doesn’t exist everywhere, the air of freedom, liberty. Though we freely breathe it, each breath comes with a cost someone else has paid. Click To Tweet

See, the Supervisors of Election in South Florida are not the best that this nation has to offer. Rather, it is the men and women who leave home and family to serve, sacrifice, and commit themselves to that which is greater than themselves. These men and women form a special bond, a unique Band of Brothers (inclusive of all, not sexist) that enables us to be at a tailgate party before a college football game. It is this legacy of veterans that has existed here in America since those very first men took the field at Lexington Green to “fire a shot heard ’round the world.” Generations upon generations have taken the field in order to secure the blessings of liberty this Constitutional Republic provides.

What causes me the greatest angst is watching those who spit in the eye of our veterans. They do so by seeking to undermine all we have sworn to defend, for their own ideological agenda, political purpose. When people like Brenda Snipes, Susan Bucher, and Gertrude Walker, the Supervisors of Election in Broward, Palm Beach, and St Lucie counties in South Florida enact their corrupt and nefarious electoral practices they do so in utter disrespect and disregard to the sacrifices of so many.

There is something about America: when you take a deep breath, you are breathing in an air that does not exist in many other nations. It is the air of freedom, liberty, and although we freely breathe it, each breath comes with a cost that someone else has and is willing to pay.

This is a great weekend to celebrate! Happy 243rd birthday to our United States Marine Corps. And Happy 100th anniversary to the end of World War I, and Veterans Day.

There are those who will never understand the reason for celebration — progressive socialists — whose raison d’etre is to fundamentally transform that which, as the US Army motto says, “This We’ll Defend.”

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