November 8, 2013 — That is the U.S. West Point Military Academy’s motto, and overall those three simple words have a very deep meaning for all those who have, do and will serve in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Those same three powerful words were also used by the late General Douglas MacArthur in his speech at West Point on May 12th 1962 when accepting the Sylvanus Thayer Award.
So Here’s The Scoop: According to the West Point Association of Graduates website: “Since 1958, the West Point Association of Graduates has presented the SYLVANUS THAYER AWARD to an outstanding citizen of the United States whose service and accomplishments in the national interest exemplify personal devotion to the ideals expressed in the West Point motto – “DUTY, HONOR, COUNTRY.”
A lot of people in the USA these days proclaim they ‘support the troops’ and as such that would suggest that they also support those same troops when they leave the service of the Armed Forces of the United States and return to civilian life – and that includes some who are timeshare owners and others who work in ‘the biz’!
Of course supporting the troops and veterans wasn’t always that popular of a notion. Just a few decades ago many who had served honorably in all branches of the U.S. Military were often treated by their civilian counterparts – their next door neighbors – with outright disdain, contempt, disrespect and in some instances old fashion hatred and verbal hostility.
Indeed, even today there are groups like the very small Phelps family and their Westboro Baptist Church members (unaffiliated with the official Baptist Church) whereby some of the members showed up at the funeral of U.S. Marine Corporal Matthew Snyder who was KIA (Killed in Action) in March of 2006 – with signs saying “Thank God for dead soldiers” – (search that phrase in google images to see more).
But enough about the wack jobs in this country and instead this Veterans Day (Nov. 11, 2013) I’m asking every reader of Scoop, ITG and our GateHouse blog section — indeed everyone in our industry be they a TS owner/member or working the ‘trenches’ — to help a very worthy tax deductible cause and donate whatever you can to the Vietnam Memorial Fund (a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 1980).
Your contributions are to build what former President George W. Bush authorized on November 17, 2003 when he signed Public Law 108-126 authorizing VVMF to build the Education Center at The Wall – which will be erected by the Lincoln Memorial and right next to the “Wall” (aka: Vietnam Veterans Memorial) on the National Mall.
This education center is NOT just for the Vietnam era veterans. It includes those brave Americans (your next door neighbors) who served, fought, died, became ill or were wounded in Iraq and, to this day, in Afghanistan; so your help will serve and honor those who’ve stood the line — often giving their ‘full measure’ — going back generations.
In fact, according to history.com, prior to America’s all out full blown participation in the Vietnam War, on September 26, 1945 Lt. Col. Peter Dewey, a U.S. Army officer with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) was the 1st U.S. Serviceman shot and killed in Saigon, Vietnam.
Over the next 30 years — beginning with the first reported U.S. military personnel to have actually been Killed In Action (KIA) in Vietnam between 1957-59 and through the mid 1960’s until 1975 rolled around — about 2.5 Million had served in ‘in-country’ in S.E. Asia.
When the last U.S. troops were KIA in 1975 the War had claimed about 60,000 U.S. Military lives, upwards of a couple hundred thousand U.S. wounded – many severely – plus scores of thousands more contracted both chronic and infectious diseases and millions of ‘civilians’ – including the innocent – of all ages throughout the S.E. Asian theater were also killed, became seriously ill and/or gravely wounded.
Although brief, on this Veterans Day I also encourage everyone to read General MacArthur’s speech this week about “DUTY, HONOR, SERVICE” as it provides some insight into the sacrifices many of our military/veterans have endured.
One portion in particularly:
“And 20 years after, on the other side of the globe, again the filth of murky foxholes, the stench of ghostly trenches, the slime of dripping dugouts; those boiling suns of relentless heat, those torrential rains of devastating storms; the loneliness and utter desolation of jungle trails; the bitterness of long separation from those they loved and cherished; the deadly pestilence of tropical disease; the horror of stricken areas of war; their resolute and determined defense, their swift and sure attack, their indomitable purpose, their complete and decisive victory — always victory. Always through the bloody haze of their last reverberating shot, the vision of gaunt, ghastly men reverently following your password of: Duty, Honor, Country.”
With Veterans Day being an official U.S. Holiday and in-between the backyard B-B-Q’s, the family get-together, the parties, football games and those three or four-day mini-vacations, please take a few seconds and – MOVE IT MOVE IT MOVE IT on over to the www.buildthecenter.vvmf.org website and give a portion of your ‘full measure’ supporting those who gave their “blood, sweat and tears” – that secured many of our blessings!
Doing so – is OUR Duty – it should be OUR Honor – a way to serve OUR Country!
And don’t forget to Hire A Vet!
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