Saturday, May 19, 2012

Always Thankful

Today is Armed Forces Day. For every man and woman - including those members of my own family - who has served this nation, I say thank you. Whether your service took place during peacetime or a time of war and whether your service required you to spend time on foreign soil or in a place as alien as North Carolina, you did something for which you should be commended.

This is a day to honor the memory of Elwood Green and the dedication of his daughter Josie Tibbitts. Master Sgt. Green was 33 years of age when he died while being held as a POW in North Korea in 1951. Ms. Tibbitts was a baby living in Colorado when her father died. Earlier this year, Master Sgt. Green's remains, which had been recovered among the remains of other POWs in 2005, were finally able to be identified through a couple of pieces of bone. Earlier this month, Ms. Tibbetts brought her father's body home. He was laid to rest near his childhood home of Norman, Arkansas. The last wish of Tibbitts' mother, Gerta, who died two decades ago, was to have her ashes laid in her husband's empty grave. Instead, her cremated remains will be put in his casket with his uniform and the bone fragments.

One of the great strengths of this nation is our ability to produce strong natural resources. Resources such as Master Sgt. Elwood Green. Resources such as Josie Tibbitts. Here is to hoping that we stop squandering those we presently have and that we do all we can to continue to cultivate and nourish their growth. With them, we have what we need to thrive. Without them, we have nothing.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”


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