America as the world leader rests on our democratic ideals, our constitution and freedoms and our resolve to fight for our way of life all over the world. Our military and veterans do the hard work in implementing democracy around the globe. We have unparalleled reach on our planet, and we have veterans to thank.
So thank you. The toll of our wars in the last 100 years fell on our men and women who served our country.
I was moved by a facebook post yesterday of my friend, Mark Schoon, about World War I. With his permission, here it is:
It was known and The Great War and The War to End All Wars. We know it as World War I.
70 million soldiers were involved. 9 million were killed over the 4 1/2 years of the war—an average of 6,000 per day.
For comparison 8,000 troops have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in 15 years.
One battle had as many deaths as the entire Vietnam War.
Fighting stopped 100 years ago today. Never forget.
Thanks to my grandmother for saving this newspaper from 100 years ago today and other newspapers from that era.
Missouri's most famous WWI veteran? - Harry S. Truman. He fought in the Vosges Mountains, St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne offensives.
Truman served in France from April 13, 1918, through April 9, 1919.