November 11, 2021

Hello Fellow DeKalb County Republicans, Today is Veteran’s Day where we celebrate the service of all those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Originally known as Armistice Day, this federal holiday is observed annually on November 11th because the major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of many U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

In my family, there are many veterans who have proudly served our country in times of war and peace. I am the daughter of an enlisted Navy Veteran who was inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s famous words “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country.

U.S. Navy Petty Officer Howard Baer

My father-in-law was a Marine during the Vietnam War and then answered the call again for duty as a Major in the U.S. Army during the Gulf War. Both of my husband’s grandfathers fought for our freedoms during World War II. His maternal grandfather was in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Europe serving under General George S. Patton and came ashore in Normandy after D-Day with the artillery.  My husband’s paternal grandfather enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps prior to the start of World War II, serving in the Pacific as well as the Korean War. While planning Grandpa McCarthy’s funeral which was held at Arlington National Cemetery, we learned that Major Robert Curtis McCarthy and the Fox Company Marines saved the lives of many to include nearly one hundred thousand South Koreans and the parents of President Moon Jae-in of South Korea as well as stopped TWO divisions of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army. Following these heroic acts while holding the Chosin Reservoir for five days in prolonged subzero temperatures, the Fox Company, later known as “The Chosin Few”, and Major McCarthy were awarded The Purple Heart.

Veterans are extremely special people not only because of the extent of the sacrifices they have made, but also because of their motives behind what they have sacrificed. Veterans served their country not because of something they had been promised. They did not serve to lift themselves up or obtain a place of honor. On the contrary, their service comes out of a place of honor they hold within themselves. Their bravery, fidelity, compassion, and dedication make what they do and what they have given up all the more moving. This selfless drive shared among veterans is truly the greatest form of love. Whether it is a Love of one’s country, a Love of one’s people, or a Love of what is right, this powerful, act of Love is what drives good to be fought for. It is what keeps truth from being compromised.  In the wise words of Edmund Burke, “All that is needed for the forces of evil to triumph is for enough good men to do nothing.” Veterans are the living proof of all the good men and women who refused to yield to evil, and instead fought vivaciously for what is right.

It takes tremendous courage for a soldier to risk it all to protect his or her country. The least we civilians can do is to offer thanks to these extraordinary men and women. Today, let’s celebrate, remember and honor our heroes for the sacrifices they have made to protect our freedoms and those who have fought for our nation. Thank you.

With Best Regards,

Marci McCarthy
DeKalb GOP Chairman

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