We set aside the last Monday in May to honor all those soldiers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we might remain free. We humbly thank and pray for those that have worn the uniform, those currently serving, and their brave families.
In the Oklahoma Republican Party Platform it states, "We commend the heroic men and women in the United States military who have shown remarkable patriotism and made great sacrifices in the mission to defend our way of life and protect the liberty and freedoms of this nation by containing and defeating the forces of terrorism wherever they are found."
My estimate of him was formed on the battlefields many, many years ago and has never changed. I regarded him then, as I regard him now, as one of the world's noblest figures
Since the American Revolution, nearly 1.2 million American soldiers have died in defense of liberty. Additionally, 1.4 million have been wounded in combat, and tens of millions more have served honorably and thankfully returned home safely.
There is not a better description of the American solider than Gen. MacArthur's farewell speech to the U.S. Military Academy in 1962:
Their story is known to all of you. It is the story of the American man at arms. My estimate of him was formed on the battlefields many, many years ago and has never changed. I regarded him then, as I regard him now, as one of the world's noblest figures -- not only as one of the finest military characters, but also as one of the most stainless.
His name and fame are the birthright of every American citizen. In his youth and strength, his love and loyalty, he gave all that mortality can give. He needs no eulogy from me, or from any other man. He has written his own history and written it in red on his enemy's breast
But when I think of his patience under adversity, of his courage under fire, and of his modesty in victory, I am filled with an emotion of admiration I cannot put into words. He belongs to history as furnishing one of the greatest examples of successful patriotism. He belongs to posterity as the instructor of future generations in the principles of liberty and freedom. He belongs to the present, to us, by his virtues and by his achievements.
Freedom isn't free, and today we humbly thank those that defend it. May God bless our soldiers, past and present, and their precious families.
With my deepest appreciation,
Chairman Matt Pinnell