soldiers fought for our freedom, yes, but mostly they
fought for their families - that they might practice
their religion, traditions and customs free from what
they felt was the tyranny of the enemy; they fought
for their communities that they might continue to exist;
and they fought for their buddies that they might live.
On occasion, they fought for complete strangers in foreign
lands that those people might also have peace.
The soldier while in service does not have the option
of questioning the wisdom, or the right or wrong of
his war. He must follow the legal orders of his
commanders. This places the moral imperative on
the politicians, leaders and commanders who put the
lives of our soldiers in harm's way to ensure that the
fight is righteous, unavoidable and necessary.
Our country's leaders must remember that the blood of
the injured and dead, both military and civilian, is
on their hands; they must answer to the judgement of history and our citizens
for the lives of the soldiers and oridinary people, both American and foreign, damaged or
lost in war. Too often our leaders
take this burden too lightly.
On these pages we recognize
our family members who have served America
in times of conflict and times of peace. Veterans are listed by the period of war in which they served, whether in combat or other duties.