Memorial Day 2016

Memorial Day 2016

Photo courtesy US Department of Veterans Affairs

IT IS THE SOLDIER

By Charles M. Province

It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

©Copyright 1970, 2005 by Charles M. Province

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Berdan Sharpshooters, Gettysburg

Berdan’s Sharpshooters, Gettysburg, PA © Mike Hohmann, 2014

 

 

1st Minnesota

1st Minnesota Infantry, Gettysburg National Cemetery, PA © Mike Hohmann, 2014

 

 

flags

Flags at Antietam National Monument, Sharpsburg, Maryland © Mike Hohmann, 2014

 

 

Lincoln Memorial

Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C. © Mike Hohmann, 2014

 

 

 

Iwo Jima Memorial

WWII  Iwo Jima/Marine  Memorial, Arlington, VA © Mike Hohmann, 2014

 

 

WWII Memorial

WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C. © Mike Hohmann, 2014

 

 

Korean War Memorial

Korean War Memorial, Washington, D.C. © Mike Hohmann, 2014

 

 

Vietnam War Memorial

Vietnam War Memorial, Washington, D.C. © Mike Hohmann, 2014

 

 

Flight 93 Memorial

Flight 93 Memorial, Shanksville, PA © Mike Hohmann, 2014

 

 

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery © Mike Hohmann, 2014

 

 

Arlington National Cemetary

Arlington National Cemetery © Mike Hohmann, 2014

 

 

Statue of Liberty- freedom

America’s Second Amendment – the freedom to keep and bear arms…

 

Never Forget!

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Recommended Reads: 

The Revolutionary Years, 1775-1789, – The Art of American Power During the Early Republic, by William Nester, 2011

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates- The Forgotten War That Changed American History, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger, 2015

The War That Forged A Nation, Why The Civil War Still Matters, by James McPherson, 2015

Sharpshooter, Hiram Berdan- his famous Sharpshooters and their Sharps Rifles, by Wiley Sword, 1988

A Revolution in Arms, A History of the First Repeating Rifles, by Joseph G. Bilby, 2015

Lone Survivor, by Marcus Luttrell with Patrick Robinson, 2007

Service, A Navy Seal At War, by Marcus Luttrell with James D. Hornfischer, 2012

Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace, edited by Maxine Hong Kingston, 2006

The Constitution- The Declaration of Independence and The Articles of Confederation, Wilder Publications, paper, 2008

The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, Pocket Edition, Cato Institute, www.cato.org

Crossroads, History- Civil War, WWI, WWII

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About Mike Hohmann

I did lots of camping/hiking as a kid in the Scouts, and I still strive to 'be prepared.' After high school, I got bored with more school and enlisted in the Army Corps. of Engineers, doing two tours in Vietnam. Post military, I completed BS and MBA degrees and spent several decades with Corporate America, working mostly in the areas of conventional and renewable energy. I also spent over a decade as a self-employed small business consultant in marketing and finance. As a young family man with a wife and two kids, we spent many vacations camping and hiking in northern Minnesota. I spent additional long weekends fishing the rivers and camping/hiking along the North Shore of Lake Superior. I retired early and hit the trails hard-- in the lower-48, Alaska, and western Canada. These days I backpack, car-camp and day-hike, go snowshoeing, and try to get the grand-kids out to teach them the ways of the trail. Other interests include American Revolutionary War and Civil War history, 19th and 20th century firearms, Native American history; business and macroeconomics. I'm a recently-licensed amateur (Ham) radio operator, and I look forward to many radio-related adventures in coming months. Life is good! Member, Superior Hiking Trail Association; Member, Appalachian Mountain Club; Member, REI; Member, ARRL- Amateur Radio Relay League, the National Assoc. for Amateur Radio; Twin Cities Metro Skywarn Spotter; Twin City FM Club; Richfield Amateur Radio Club; QRP ARCI, Low-Power Amateur Radio Club International; Honorary Member, Toronto QRP Society; Life Member, National Rifle Association
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