Skip to comments.President Honors Wounded and Ill on Silver Star Service Banner Day
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.
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.
Lets not forget our obligations and lets 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.