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President Honors Wounded and Ill on Silver Star Service Banner Day
The Silver Star Families of Ameria ^ | May 2011 | Steve Newton

Posted on 05/01/2011 4:01:03 PM PDT by Steve Newton

Today is Silver Star Service Banner Day and the start of Military appreciation Month.


TOPICS: VetsCoR
KEYWORDS: armedforces; ssfoa; wounded
On this day I wanted to say a very sincere THANK YOU to all of you who have served and especially those who have been wounded, injured or contracted a serious illness in a war zone.

Today I received a message from Mr. Obama and I would like to read some of it to you:

"When our men and women in uniform return from deployment, it is our moral obligation and great honor to serve them as well as they served us. Our debt of gratitude extends to their families and friends, who embody the same qualities of bravery, sacrifice and duty exhibited by their loved ones. On Silver Star Service Banner Day, we recommit to carring for those who return to us wounded or ill, and we remain humbled by the heroic contributions they have made to our Nation."

Since 1918 a simple sewed Silver Star has represented a Soldier that has been wounded or “invalided home.

This tradition died out until resurrected by the SSFOA in 2004 and since that time we have remembered our wounded, ill, injured and dying every May 1st. Since its passage by Congress Silver Star Service Banner Day will forever remind us of our promise:

OUR PLEDGE TO THE WOUNDED, ILL AND DYING

OF OUR ARMED FORCES

We pledge on our honor

To remember and assist the wounded and ill of our Armed Forces

From ALL wars to the best of our ability

We pledge that we will never forget

That we will always remember

The sacrifice you have made

The blood, sweat, and tears that you shed

Will remain on our minds and in our hearts

And we will forever be grateful

We pledge that we will remind others

So that all remember

That you gave up so much

So that this Nation would not perish from the face of the earth

God bless the United States of America

War does not end with the cessation of hostilities. Sometimes that is only the beginning of the fight our warriors must endure. Whether in body or mind, war can inflict casualties long after it is over.

Let’s not forget our obligations and let’s not forget to say thank you.

Again to all my fellow FReepers-------THANK YOU

May God bless our warriors and may He continue to bless the United States.

Steve Newton

1 posted on 05/01/2011 4:01:08 PM PDT by Steve Newton
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