#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller


We Will Never Forget

To:

The Greatest Generation: World War ll veterans, our own soldiers and brave Allies, you quite literally saved the world.  You stood strong against tyranny and unspeakable evil, you suffered without complaint, for the sake of humanity and for America, our beloved Home.  You were determined to do what was right, no matter how hard it was, and we all owe so much to you.  How could “thank you” ever be enough, in the face of such courage and sacrifice?  Truly, you gave it all: blood, sweat, toil and tears.  THANK YOU.

To:

The Viet Nam veterans everywhere: I love my country, but it hurts my heart to recall how so many of you were treated.  You served bravely and in good faith, and I am profoundly grateful to you, as are many, many other Americans.  You have a very important, even vital lesson to teach: no matter what we may think of any given military conflict, we owe our support to the men and women who protect our right to speak out on the smallest issue or the largest.  THANK YOU.

To:

All who have served, who have fallen or been injured, from the beginning of this Amazing Experiment we call America, in all conflicts and emergencies, local and national, to this very moment and far beyond, into a complicated, challenging and exciting future.  You are all heroes and heroines, and your legacy is freedom.  THANK YOU.

To:

All those who perished in the attacks on September 1, 2001, to all who gave their lives trying to help, I have this to say.  WE WILL NEVER FORGET.

And so, in the words of Winston Churchill, “Let us go forward, together.”

16 comments to “We Will Never Forget”

  1. Joyce
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      · May 28th, 2012 at 4:20 pm · Link

    I am a retired teacher and a big sports fan and so often I get so upset by the lack of respect for the singing of our National Anthem. People are talking, men with hats on and I was certainly taught you stood very still with your hand over your heart and no talking. We were taught in school and I certainly taught respect for the flag and the National Anthem to my students.



    • Pat Aman
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        · May 28th, 2012 at 4:43 pm · Link

      Joyce…I agree with you wholeheartedly. After 9/11 so any people had flags flying on their homes. Now, it rare to see one even on holidays such as this weekend. When I was in school, K thru 8th grade, each day was started with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. I don’t believe this is done anymore. How sad.



  2. Pat Aman
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      · May 28th, 2012 at 4:34 pm · Link

    All I can add to that is “Amen”. Thank you for expressing “thank you” to the military so well. :wink:



  3. Sal
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      · May 28th, 2012 at 4:41 pm · Link

    As always, well said Sister.



  4. Nana
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      · May 28th, 2012 at 5:13 pm · Link

    Well said!!!



  5. dee blessing
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      · May 28th, 2012 at 5:19 pm · Link

    Thanks for your books they are GREAT! have read most out to date also thanks for your Honoring our Hero’s who haved served our country so well. As you, my dad was in WWII in the same service as yours, except he was in under water demolitions, on the Guam invasion. My husband also served as are both my grandson and grandson-in-laws who are serving now.



  6. Muriel Trask
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      · May 28th, 2012 at 6:55 pm · Link

    Look forward to new book tomorrow and colecting ALL of your books – MT



  7. Crystal
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      · May 28th, 2012 at 7:04 pm · Link

    Linda, I enjoy so much that u always include God and now our HEROS in your blog. They are the honorable that make us free the way we are today! To all our troops THANK YOU and may God bless!



  8. Gloria
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      · May 28th, 2012 at 7:31 pm · Link

    Linda, I lost my oldest son, not to a shot fired, or a bomb blowing up, but to Luekemia, which was caused by chemicals he was in contact with during the war.

    He gave 15 years of his life to the Army, and lost his life because of it. He served in Dessert Storm, The Bosnia conflict, he was in Hunguary, spent a year in Korea, and he came back from a year in Iraq the last time, only to die 2 and a half years later, leaving a wife and 3 children. (I watched his oldest son graduate high school Saturday, and Michael would have been so proud of him.)

    He was proud of his service to America and if he had lived, he would have done it all over, again. And, he really fought to live.

    Thank you, Linda, for recognizing our service men and women.

    Gloria!!



    • linda
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        · May 29th, 2012 at 9:45 am · Link

      God bless you, Gloria. You, too, have given so much.



  9. Gloria
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      · May 28th, 2012 at 7:38 pm · Link

    PS…I had a least 7 uncles who proudly served during WW-2, and in later years, an uncle, numerous cousins, (female included), brothers-in-law, Michael’s wife, and I don’t remember who all else.

    I’d just like to take this chance to THANK them all!!!

    Happy Memorial Day to you, Linda.

    Gloria!!



  10. Gloria
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      · May 28th, 2012 at 7:51 pm · Link

    PPS…Linda, I’d like to say one more thing…at the graduation ceremony, they didn’t say the Pledge, but did sing The National Anthem, when most everyone did stand and place their hand over their heart. And, there were at least 2 prayers, AND…each student that spoke mentioned God. I was surprised that in this day and age, it was permitted. I was so glad that there are still schools where God isn’t banned.

    On this Memorial Day, as long as God is remembered and our soldiers are remembered, America still has a chance of surviving and being strong.



  11. Andrea Lammly
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      · May 29th, 2012 at 1:13 pm · Link

    Amen Linda!
    Three Uncles all Navy men, brothers, great nephews and many family members all military men and firemen and so very proud of each and every one of them. So proud that you always include the military and God in your messages.
    Have a great week one and all!
    Andrea



  12. Ellen Weaver
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      · May 29th, 2012 at 1:24 pm · Link

    Linda…beautiful comments, well said!



  13. Rebekah
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      · May 29th, 2012 at 10:24 am · Link

    Your words are so poetic and heart felt. When I see a Flag waving it brings tears to my eyes, yes every time. My brother is also a Viet Nam vet and he struggles today with all the issues that go with that horrible war. I am so proud of all our men and women who fight for our Beautiful Nation and pray constantly that we all stand up and don’t let our Nation change from what the blood and sweat was spilled for. It is so important to not take for granted what our whole nation has bled and died for us to have today! God Bless America and thank you Linda for what you do for women and all American’s alike. :-D
    Rebekah



  14. Lois Rotella
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      · May 30th, 2012 at 3:21 pm · Link

    I also want to say Thank You to all who have served and who has lost family due to war. My Dad and my Uncles served in the Army some during World War II and some after. My brother and his son served in the Air Force. I am so proud of all of them. The only one I still have around now is my nephew. If it was for World War II my Mom and Dad would not have meet. Thanks you again to all



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