Here in the U.S., today is Veterans Day, honoring those who served in our nation’s armed forces. We offer our sincere gratitude and admiration to all who have served in the militia worldwide to sustain—as well as attain—the precious privilege of liberty.
From the highest to lowest ranks, you have our thanks. Your gifts to us merit our abiding recognition for preserving the freedoms we all enjoy as we pursue our vital existence.
The image above is of Japanese Americans serving in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team in 1943. They served at a time when U.S. citizens of Japanese origin were being confined to camps under suspicion of possible allegiance to their nation of origin, then an enemy. These brave men, despite their ancestry and the unjust incarceration of their fellow Japanese Americans, willingly chose to embrace and fight for their adopted nation and its intended ideals. Their goal was both the preservation and restoration of the shared value of individual liberty for all citizens, despite their differing cultural heritages. This is a challenging principle—which demands judging people as individuals and not as part of a collective—that must remain fundamental to the USA, now and into the future. History’s lessons are ever pertinent.
—Magus Peter H. Gilmore