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 final judge
for the lives of the soldiers and citizens 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 in American wars
from the French and Indian War to the War on Terror.
Both sides of the Civil War are represented for the
same reasons - those mentioned above. The wars
listed below are intended to represent eras, not just
a specific war.