NRA Life of Duty TV and Brownells created this moving video, perfect for Memorial Day.
The NRA writes:
Take three minutes this Memorial Day to watch Seaman First Class Norm St. Germain’s visit to the World War II memorial in Washington, D.C. 68 years after Japanese naval gunfire sunk his ship, the USS Gambier Bay, leaving him and 400 other Americans to fend for their lives for 47 hours in shark-infested waters.
At NRA Life of Duty TV:
Memorial Day 2015
On this solemn Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice defending our nation’s safety. Those who fought for our freedom, our children and for their brothers in arms shall never be forgotten.
Thank you for your service.
My Great-Uncle Bud Funrue served in the Army in Europe during WWII and my Great-Uncle Merle Rasmussen served in the Navy in the South Pacific during WWII.
Today as I decorate their graves I will think of Seaman First Class Norm St. Germain and all the countless others who served throughout the history of America.
Unlike so many icons of the day, and so many in D.C., the millions of Americans who have served, and are serving in our Navy, Air Force, Army, Marines and Coast Guard, don’t join up for money or power.
Our Veterans and Active Duty, serve because it’s the right thing to do. Because they understand the tenuous nature of liberty.
Remember the Charles Michael Province poem:
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.
I hope today we all take time to thank God Almighty for those who have served and sacrificed, and those who are serving.