Saturday, May 26, 2007
Dear VoteVets.org Supporter,
On Monday, our nation will observe Memorial Day - a day which is incredibly solemn and sacred, especially to those of us who served our nation with military service.
For one day, VoteVets.org, and our friends at WesPAC and the National Security Network, will put politics completely aside, and stand in solidarity with the rest of our nation to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States. Whether you are a Democrat, Republican, or of another party or no party at all, we are all still Americans, and on this day, we should solely be focused on honoring those who died in service. As a progressive troops' organization, we're also asking that people not protest at Memorial Day events. We have 364 other days to argue policy and politics, but this day belongs to the fallen and their memories.
Today, please consider making a donation to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (http://www.fallenheroesfund.org) , which is dedicated to helping the families of those who died in service. The Intrepid Fund has already provided $60 million in aid to families, but can only continue to do so with your support.
Above all, take a day to learn more about someone who died in defense of America. If you're at a parade or prayer service and you see a veteran or military family member, ask him or her who they are honoring. Learn more about that hero, so their memory can endure. Too often, we talk about the fallen in terms of numbers. We forget, each of those numbers were real people, with real lives, and real families. The names on the thousands of memorials across America are more than letters etched in stone - they are lives lost with honor. The best way we can honor those who sacrificed their lives is ensure that the memory of who they were as human beings is never forgotten. Please, on Memorial Day, do your part to ensure their memory lives on.
Thank you for your support of our troops and veterans.
Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran, Chairman and Co-Founder, VoteVets.org
Rand Beers, USMC (ret.), National Security Network