Memorial Day Edition

May 28, 2018

Today is Memorial Day, a special day set aside to remember and honor all the heroic men and women of the United States military who gave their lives defending our freedom. Although we should remember and honor them every day that we enjoy those freedoms.

I don’t think it would be too surprising or offensive if I said that a lot of Americans today are, well…a little spoiled. Many have never known a time when the military wasn’t all-voluntary. These days, some of us think we’re making a big sacrifice if we make do without the latest model iPhone. But today is a day to stop and reflect on what real sacrifice means.

The exact origins of the US Memorial Day aren’t exactly clear. People have decorated soldiers’ graves for centuries. In the US, the Civil War took so many lives that special days for placing flowers on the graves of the fallen arose in both the North and South. The first official recognition came in 1868, when Gen. John A. Logan, Commander-in-Chief of the Union veterans’ group, The Grand Army of the Republic, took inspiration from a Southern practice and declared May 5th as “Decoration Day.”

While it was originally intended to honor Civil War casualties, it soon expanded into a day to honor all American military veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice – who gave up their homes, their families, their very lives – everything they had, and everything they could ever hope to have or be in the future -- for their country.


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From the American Revolution through the War of 1812, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and all the other wars, police actions and rescue missions since 1776, over 1,308,000 Americans in uniform have laid down their lives for causes that they believed were greater than themselves.

To give you an idea of the enormity of that sacrifice, imagine if all those soldiers, sailors and airmen could come back to life for a parade in their honor. Imagine them marching past you in rows of ten, each row taking just 10 seconds to pass. That parade of fallen heroes would go on and on, row after row marching past, hour after hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for over 15 days. That is the enormity of the sacrifice that has been made to defend our freedom and security.

And those are only the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives. It doesn’t even count the millions more who gave their limbs, their sight, the “best years of their lives,” for their country and their posterity. That’s us.

But just as we remember the many veterans who risked or gave their lives in the line of duty, we must also remember that we have a duty to them. We have a duty to help the families of those who never returned, and to provide the very best of care to those who came back wounded, whether physically or psychologically. We also have a unique system of government in which the Commander-in-Chief is elected by the people and may have no personal military experience. That’s why all those who hold that office have a duty to get the best advice in dealing with military matters and to do everything in their power never to risk our troops' lives on unnecessary or half-hearted missions; and that once committed, to make sure they have everything they need to do their job as effectively and safely as possible.

Gen. George S. Patton once said (in far more colorful language) that you don’t win a war by dying for your country, but by making the other side die for their country. That’s blunt, but true. In looking back over my previous Memorial Day shows, I found stories that reminded me of how quickly things can change.

In 2015, I had a heartbreaking story about Debbie Lee, mother of Marc Alan Lee, the first American soldier to die in the Battle of Ramadi, Iraq, driving out the insurgents who had made it their headquarters. Her son was posthumously awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star of Valor and Purple Heart. She was distraught at President Obama’s decision to pull troops out before the region was stabilized, which allowed ISIS militants to pour back in so that it had to be taken back by force all over again.

Mrs. Lee knew her son had given his life willingly, and that his sacrifice and that of his comrades was not in vain. She also knew from her son the great successes our military had accomplished, but she didn’t understand the seeming lack of strategy or common sense from our leaders who seemed to be throwing away all they had fought and died for. As she put it then, “America is a strong nation, and we need to come back with leadership that lets the rest of the world know that we won’t tolerate this. We won’t put up with this.”

That Gold Star Mom expressed a concept that too many people still don’t seem to understand: projecting strength doesn’t invite attacks, projecting weakness does. Despots around the world test each new US President to see what they can get away with; to see if they are dealing with a lion or a paper tiger, and if their threats are backed with steel or just red lines in the sand. A number of tyrants and terrorists who had been riding high recently learned that those days are over. The “rules of engagement” that put handcuffs on our troops and forced them practically to be looking down the barrels of enemy guns before they were allowed to act are thankfully gone. So, too, are the days of ignoring deliberate provocations that kill or threaten innocent people, or America committing a fraction of the might needed to finish the job.

It was a lesson that I hope future leaders never forget: our military see it as their duty to lay down their lives for their country. Our leaders should see it as their duty to do everything possible to win wars quickly and decisively, without making that sacrifice necessary.

Finally, if a veteran offers you a poppy today, I hope you will dig deep to help and wear that poppy proudly. The crepe paper poppies are made by wounded veterans as part of their therapeutic rehabilitation and distributed by the American Legion and the VFW in exchange for donations to help disabled and hospitalized vets.

The red poppy as a symbol of Memorial Day comes from the famous World War I poem “In Flanders Fields,” written by Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae, about the veterans’ cemetery in Flanders. McCrae served in Belgium, where the Germans launched one of the earliest chemical weapons attacks, turning former farm fields into deadly battlefields. Every spring, red poppies bloom around those fields, as if to remind us of the blood shed there by those soldiers:

“In Flanders Fields, the poppies blow

Between the crosses…row on row.”

The poem goes on to remind us that we have an obligation beyond remembering the war dead, tending their graves and flying our flags today. These heroes gave their lives to preserve American principles such as freedom, liberty, democracy, fighting tyranny and defending the weak…principles that they passed on to us, and it is now our sacred duty to preserve them for future generations. The poem ends,

“To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.”

If you really want to honor these greatest of all American heroes, then make sure they can rest in peace by taking up the torch they have passed to you, and never letting it drop.

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Please say a prayer for a heroic World War II veteran, former President George Bush, who was taken to a hospital in Maine Sunday, a day after attending an American Legion Memorial Day event. He was suffering from fatigue and low blood pressure and is under observation. More details are at the link. Our thoughts and prayers are with him.

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On Memorial Day weekend, we pay tribute to many American heroes of the US military who gave their lives to protect our safety and freedom. But let’s also take a moment to throw a Huck’s Hero salute to science teacher Jason Seaman of Noblesville West Middle School in Indianapolis.

Friday morning, a seventh-grade student showed up late brandishing a gun and began firing. As the students dived for cover, the unarmed Seaman started running at the shooter. Seaman tackled him, swatted the gun out of his hand and held him while the other students fled. He did all this, even though he had been shot three times himself, once through the abdomen. He and two others who were injured are recovering. Seaman is being hailed as a hero; his selfless action likely saved countless lives.

Worth noting: Seaman is also the head football coach and a former defensive end for Southern Illinois University. I’m sure he never expected to have to put those skills to use in this way, but thank God he had them, and the courage to use them.

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A big Huck’s Hero salute to 94-year-old World War II airman, Capt. George W. Starks. He came to the attention of writer Carole Engle Avriett after her husband went fishing with him and told her she needed to hear his story – and it was no fish story. Three years of interviews and research later, that story is now in a new book called “Coffin Corner Boys: One Bomber, Ten Men, and Their Harrowing Escape from Nazi-Occupied France.”

The book tells the story of how a then-19-year-old Starks was shot down over France and made his way 300 miles to Switzerland, dodging Nazis and walking on a broken foot with a 20mm shell fragment in his thigh. It also honors the many people he met along the way who risked their own lives to help him. You can bet this will become a great movie someday, but to George W. Starks, it was all too real. To learn more right now about his perilous trek behind enemy lines, click the link.

https://www.westernjournal.com/downed-wwii-airman-trekked-300-miles-on-broken-foot-to-safety/

And here’s some news that I’m sure Capt. Starks and many other surviving World War II veterans will be relieved to hear. It’s now official: Adolph Hitler is really and truly dead. He did not survive his bunker. Over the years, there have been countless theories that he escaped to Argentina or even to a secret underground base in Antarctica.

But recently, a French forensics team was given access to Hitler’s alleged skull and teeth in Russia’s archives for the first time since 1945. From tests on the teeth and his dentures, and a comparison of the skull to a radiograph of Hitler’s head taken when he was alive, they concluded that there’s no doubt those are his remains and that he both took cyanide and shot himself in the head. So if you are an elderly Argentinian with a toothbrush mustache who was hoping to make some money off the tabloids, you’ll have to find a new angle. Try claiming you’re Charlie Chaplin.

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Here’s a story we could all really use today: Guido Filippone would already be a Huck’s Hero in my book, just for his service in the Marines. But he showed that even ten years after rejoining civilian life, he’s still living up to those high Marine standards.

Filippone was leaving a V.A. clinic when he spotted an elderly man in a World War II cap, using a walker to cross a long, hot parking lot to get to his car. Filippone offered to escort him. He discovered the man was World War II veteran Mike Gazella. He’d driven over half an hour from the town of Leander to try to get the V.A. to help cut through red tape and pay for over $4,000 worth of medical bills from his operations that Medicare wouldn’t cover. Filippone offered to help, but Gazella refused. So without Gazella’s knowledge, Filippone turned to fellow vets and set up a GoFundMe account. Within one day, the $4,000 goal was exceeded with $11,000 worth of donations. Filippone said his next move is to go to Leander, where he knows Gazella likes to hang around Starbucks…find which of the town’s two Starbucks he visits (that must be a small town, to have only two Starbucks!…and give him a check to clear his medical debts.

Filippone noted that it would have been easy just to walk away and move on, but he urged others not to do that. He said, “I always say we already have the Greatest Generation—we should be the better generation. Never miss a chance to thank a veteran.”

He’s right. So thank you, Guido and Mike, for your service. And thanks, Guido Filippone for giving us a much-needed reminder that decency, compassion and going out of your way to help a stranger are not extinct in the 21st century.

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  • Lonnie Heath

    05/30/2018 02:28 AM

    Love your show on Saturdays. I read your comments each day. I voted for you for governor and president. Thank you for supporting president Trunp. He is the best thing that that happened to our country for several years. I pray for you, president Trump, and Vice President Pence every day. Also love Sarah, she's the best.

  • Angee Baker

    05/29/2018 04:00 PM

    In regards to Sarah Sanders being maligned by Michelle Wolf....I have been wanting to get a message to Sarah...please tell her there are so many of us, men and women, who believes is does an OUTSTANDING job! She is an amazing, articulate and smart woman who handles the liberal press with intelligence and grace! Not many people could handle their hate. We truly admire her! I’m sure you are a very proud father, as you should be. Please get this message to her...she is loved in this liberal state of Illinois! (Yes there are conservatives here ??)

  • Lois Swinney

    05/29/2018 02:50 PM

    Mike, you are one of the bright lights in our America right now. Thank you for sharing with us every day and bringing out the best in all those around you. You keep us honestly informed and we love that. Your tv program is more of the same plus great entertainment.
    Thank you and may God continue to bless you. - Lois

  • CARMEN PRICE

    05/29/2018 02:05 PM

    Governor, as always I love reading your newsletter and your colorful comments. I spent the Memorial Day holiday being a docent on the Battleship Iowa here in the LA harbor, what wonderful Veterans and their families came aboard many with their children or grandchildren. A very busy weekend. One story stood out from a Vietnam female and how she was rescued as a child from the Vietnam war and how she became a citizen, married etc. stories like this come out all the time on the ship and this is part of why I volunteer.
    Hope your holiday was memorable like mine.
    hugs
    Carmen Price

  • Creola Loyd

    05/29/2018 11:43 AM

    I found my way to your site to make a contribution and did so. Just gave up too soon finding it!

  • Patrick Barnett

    05/29/2018 11:22 AM

    Thank you!

  • Grant Adkisson

    05/29/2018 05:53 AM

    Great comments and stories Mike! My father had 4 Purple Hearts from his years in the Phillipians in WW2 so Memorial Day is especially meaningful to me. My family is always concerned for me during Memorial Day, Independence Day, ball games and other times when our Flag is passing or the National Anthem is played and I see men still seated with their caps on. I can’t keep from asking them to stand and remove cover in honor of our Flag and all those who have given their lives so it can fly free!
    I was introduced to you by my friend Jimmy Draper when he was the Baccalaureate speaker and you when the main speaker at my middle daughter’s College if the Ozark’s Graduation. Ihave campaigned for you each time you have been in the running for President but trust that our Lord has a different purpose for you in helping to bring our Country back to Truth, Honor and God.
    Thank you for all you do to that end and for the support you and your family give to President Trump!
    Sincerely,
    Grant Adkisson
    Colorado

  • Geoffrey Max Mordecai Spiro

    05/29/2018 04:41 AM

    Pastor,

    You WOULD have made an excellent President, as President Bush suggested about you. I do KNOW you can do something more important than being President of the greatest country on earth.

    You can be the driving force behind ensuring that Rabbi Nachman is buried on Mt Zion this year.

    You can enroll the help of people like Mr Roman Abramovich for this and be of enormous assistance to every son of Adam living on this planet!

    Thanking you in advance.

    You will find a good friend in Mr Stephen Harper. I think Mr. John Baird has pertinent information. The question of the day is why did Speaker of Knesset Yuri Edelstein not allow the bill recognizing the Turkish - Armenian Genocide to pass through the Knesset.

  • Donald E. Renninger

    05/28/2018 11:59 PM

    I am "all for" honoring/remembering our veterans from the various wars and militiary action, and personally served five years as a "white hat" in the USN from June48 till June53 thus can say I am a veteran of the Korean War, however, there is one "small problem" probably the closest I ever got to Korea was NAS, Jacksonville, FL.This is the main reason I never have been involved in any honoring programs American Legion, VFW or any parades,etc. because I don't deserve any horn "tooting" or whatever. Thus, what peeves me the most is the "clowns" as I call them who served similarly who did or currently parade around wearing some veteran symbols "pretending" they helped win Korea or perhaps served in Nam. Technically I am also a W.W.II veteran as the actual Peace Treaty ending W.W. II wasn't signed till late in 1948 (forget the exact date) and I had enlisted in June therefore I was, upon discharge entitled to all the GI benefits"real" veterans received. Fair, no way, but that was the situation. Did I use, well some but passed on the major i.e. college education as I had a job waiting and wanted to get married. Passing up college some regrats in later years but too long ago to have any current affects as I live comfortly and now nearly 26 years in retirement. And as the man says, I am vertical, nearly 89 and function on my own including driving at night as necessary. Not to mention I drive about 120 miles round trip to attend church each Sunday.

  • Douglas Terrone

    05/28/2018 11:15 PM

    Hi Governor,
    I just want to say I read your day & evening work & can’t get enough of it! You are swift with pen sir.

  • Jim Dick

    05/28/2018 09:24 PM

    Thank you, Governor, for an inspiring and informative post regarding Memorial Day.

    My dad and his three brothers all volunteered and fought in WWII:
    -- My dad was a 1st Sergeant in the 3rd Army (G. Patton), came back from Europe with a Bronze Star.
    -- My uncle T. Cameron Dick was a captain in the 8th Air Force and came back from Europe with a Silver Star and DFC and Purple Heart.
    -- My uncle Bobby was in Malaya and I don't know more, but he did survive the war.
    -- My uncle Norman Lee Dick was in the 501 PIR of the 101st Airborne, and died, in France, from wounds on June 7, 1945. A hero for sure.

    I am proud, very proud, of the Dick boys and their willingness to serve our country, and I am sickened by those who denigrate our country, our soldiers, or our flag.

    God Bless the United States of America!!

  • Samuel Smith

    05/28/2018 09:09 PM

    On memorial day we honor those who give their lives, so that we can enjoy the freedom we have, and to worship the Father in freedom. They had followed the foot steps of our saver and Lord Jesus Christ, did not he go to the cross so that we would have the freedom from sin and to worship the Father freely? As we honor those who made the journey to their cross (battle fields), let us remember that they showed the same love Christ showed when he made that journey to he's cross!

  • Marilyn Calhoun

    05/28/2018 08:53 PM

    Living in CO, we are Rockies fans. We live on the Western Slope so don't go to games, but watch on TV. Usually we don't see the National Anthem, but today we did. Maybe because it was Memorial Day?? Or because there was a rain delay and they started a little later? Nevertheless, as the National Anthem was sung and many in the crowd sang along, but every single ball player was standing at attention with his hat over his heart, as was the coaching team! Some even were singing along. This is why we have respect for the baseball players and none for the football players! Just knew you were the person who would appreciate this commentary!

  • Cathy Schroeder

    05/28/2018 07:13 PM

    I enjoyed very much the three stories that were in your News Letter. My son rode 2724 miles to ride in Rolling Thunder this weekend. He served in Viet Nam since he is almost 70 he will not have the opportunity to do it again, I just hope that he has a safe trip home to Montana.


  • Firewagon

    05/28/2018 06:39 PM

    Good stuff, Gov! I still tear up when reading that "Flanders field" poem. "If ye break faith with us who die, We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields.” The men and women of our military have not broken faith with those that have died; however, the same can not be said of our vaunted government and its Leaders(non)! Kudos to President Trump for FINALLY breaking through the abomination that has passed as care for our Veterans, by allowing them access to private care outside of the VA. It has only taken 70 years (WWII), 60+ (Korea), 50 (Vietnam), 25 (Desert Storm), 17 (Iraq/Afghanistan) to acknowledge how grotesque has been our "care" for our vets! How many, in our government/nation, have the indelible blood stains, on their hands, from the blood of those Vets who died AFTER returning from some war and WAITED, until death intervened, for care? The "greatest nation" on the planet loses sight of "who/what/why" she remains FREE at all, and provides NOT "adequately" for those having given up their bodies? Shameful! If just 20% of all American families would contribute a small amount, monthly, to some Veteran's organization, such as MC-LEF.org, our "inept government" would NOT be required! "My story:" I qualify for that FREE medical care, through my 20 yrs of service; however, I used it only twice over the past 37 years. Why? Shortly, after retiring, I visited the VA hospital in HotLanta. I saw so many white haired physicians(?) walking around, and had the immediate thought that they had NOT read a current medical journal. Some time after, I availed myself of FREE dental treatment at my local (70 mile one way trip) Dobbins AFB, Navy facility. Needed one tooth fixed. After returning home, discovered (novocain wore off) they had fixed the "wrong tooth." NEVER returned to either facility. Fortunately, unlike so many other vets, we are able to, through our own "paid for" insurance,(NOT Obamacare) have "private doctors and dentists." I recall, only slightly with laughter, now that long ago Marine Recruiter filling my young tea pot with dreams of "one day" having FREE medical care and a pension, probably worth at least $100,000 (in total payments). That, of course, all hinged on my ability to live through the Vietnam war (at that time not yet fully shooting) and total that 20 years! God's Blessings, Gov, to you and yours on this Memorial Day, and thank you for your support of our Vets!

  • Donna Guy

    05/28/2018 06:37 PM

    I just want to say that since you are not our president, I am glad Donald Trump is...and I want to say what a beautiful, smart, savvy, quick witted daughter you have. I love Sarah Sanders so much. I am sure she got a lot of her savvy from you. tell her please how much I love her.

  • Larry HADDEN

    05/28/2018 06:37 PM

    Excellent commentary, Sir! Several times recently, I've been reminded of 1964, when Barry Goldwater was running for president, and what it was that caused him to suffer such a humilitating defeat. Had he been elected, I'm positive we would never have either not been in the Vietnam War, or would have won it decisively. When he was asked by the press what he would do about the war, he said he'd bring in all the heads of the military chiefs of staff and tell them, "This is your war, gentlemen; WIN IT!" As you know now, the dammacrats went ballistic and screamed that we'd be in WW3 if Goldwater was elected. Knowing the results of that hysteria, the slogan for Goldwater is still true: "In your heart, you know he's right." May America bless god this day, as He still blesses America.

  • Fred Deatrich

    05/28/2018 06:22 PM

    I asked you this before. You said you read them all, but have not answered. I am a Baptist Christian. I'm not asking a question this time. Tell your daughter and as press secretary maybe she can tell this. Do a web search and read up on Robert Mueller and his time working years ago in Boston, Massachusetts. Thank you.

  • Don Borreson

    05/28/2018 06:10 PM

    Pastor / Governor Huckabee:

    First, thank you for your truly poignant Memorial Day message. ‘Sacrifice’ isn’t strong enough to describe the courage and valor of the members of our Armed Forces AND their families. The only reason ex-POTUS BHO has the audacity to suggest ‘our great Democracy may not survive’ is that he nearly stripped our military capability to brink of impotence.
    Thank goodness our current President is presidential enough to ensure our strength is unquestionable and unmatched, and honors the dedication and devotion of our brave men and women in uniform.

    PS: Your daughter is the perfect Press Secretary for our times: Smart, spunky and fearless in taking on the cowards that comprise the vast majority of the Lamestream Media. If only the members of the GOP delegation in Congress would follow her lead!

    God Bless You —

    Don Borreson

  • Elaine Liming

    05/28/2018 05:48 PM

    Thank you for your very well stated essay on Memorial Day. You brought back memories for me. In fifth grade, in our Memorial Day ceremony in elementary school; (small farming town, Dighton Ma.) I was chosen to recite from memory the poem In Flanders Fields. The older people in the crowd gave me quite an ovation and my teacher had me go back to the microphone and thanked them.
    In my senior year in High school ( Problems of Democracy Class) we had to choose to read and then to lead a classroom discussion on the book we choose. I read "Peace Through Strength", a story about the statesman Bernard Baruch. I never forgot what I learned from that book and President Kennedy's "Profiles in Courage" book. Reading your words today brought a smile to my face. It is too bad many today forget how history teaches us and history repeats. I pray we stop making mistakes and learn from them.

  • Frederick Trexler

    05/28/2018 04:09 PM

    downed-wwii-airman-trekked-300-miles-on-broken-foot-to-safety link does not work, but I like your Huck's Hero tributes.

  • Cameron Carey

    05/28/2018 03:52 PM

    Our military folks are the key to a peaceful world.
    Their support stems from a productive, efficient economy - free enterprise. Free enterprise depends on individuals making choices - a little risk for each. Free enterprise depends on individuals choosing entrepreneurship - a larger risk.
    Together we in the economy, need not ask permission to launch a new idea because our military keeps dictators, tyrants, deep-states, and sell-outs from aggregating power over us.

  • Lenore Churchwell

    05/28/2018 03:14 PM

    Having been married to a Hope, AR "boy" who was a little older than you and belonged to the same church in Hope, I've followed your career since you entered the national political arena, and you were my first choice in both presidential campaigns that you entered. I continue to enjoy your reporting because of your wealth of common sense and insight always spiced up with a little humorous twist. Keep up the great work of providing conservatives information. Your report today was both thoughtful and inspiring. Sarah is a star!

  • Sam Mastrogiacomo

    05/28/2018 02:29 PM

    This is a very nice commentary. I am a WWII 96 yr old veteran of the UUAAF. I was a tail gunner on a B-24 Liberator flying bombing missions over Germany. An X-POW shot down on my 13th mission. Thank you for remembering the thousands who never made it back. I have also written a book titled, "For God and Country-In That Order". I have been truly blessed!

  • Jan Jost

    05/28/2018 02:18 PM

    Hi Mike. I tried to go to the story about George Starks, but when I clicked on the link, I got an error message which said, "The page you have requested does not exist or is undergoing routine maintenance." Could you check on that, Please? Thanks, and thank you for all your support for our service people.

  • vernard evans

    05/28/2018 01:58 PM

    I have noticed that the draft 'es are sort of left out in recognition at times .My dad,my uncle (was killed) my brother and myself were all drafted ,along with many of our friends . I was drafted in the Marines 51-53 and was actually proud of being called to serve . Being a volunteer is great. Here is what my sgt told me one day that the" draft'es came in did their jobs w/out any complaining and got out." This note is not a complaint ,just an observation. Thank you

  • Fred and Jerriene Woodrow

    05/28/2018 12:58 PM

    One flag is always up. another will be at half mast in a minute. JW
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  • Linda Richardson

    05/28/2018 12:52 PM

    Memorial should be celebrated all over the world today. Our men and women have given their lives for every country not just America. Everyone ,especially Europe and South Korea have benefitted from those sacrifices made by the greatest warriors in the world. God Bless the U.S.A.

  • Robin Durham

    05/28/2018 12:51 PM

    Thanks for all your good witness about your life, marriage, truth & all the positive stories (VA/GoFundMe). I so respect you and your family (esp. Sarah). You are to be admired.

  • Dorcas "Jo" Cluck

    05/28/2018 12:48 PM

    Thank you Governor! It is such a pleasure to read your daily messages. These are very specials ones today and it only proves that if you look around you there are people who are worse off than you and can use some kind of assistance, even if that is just a kind word.

    And yes, my granddaughter & I were grocery shopping yesterday and both have our red poppies attached to our purses. I remember reciting the poem several times and this day always brings it to the forefront.

    Thank you again. God bless.

    Jo

  • Nancy Williamson

    05/28/2018 12:47 PM

    Thanks so much for your articles. Your comments are much appreciated. In the 2016 election my husband and I voted for the party we felt would work best for our great country. So far we certainly have not been disappointed.
    Thank God for you and the others who care about America and the standards we uphold.
    Nancy and Wes Williamson)

  • YvonneBishop

    05/28/2018 12:40 PM

    My grandfather, John B. Bishop, was in WW1. I ask him once what countries he had been in during the war. He said he served most of his time in this country as a guard for prisoners. These prisoners lived in a big old wooden barracks building that looked like a large barn. I have a picture of him taken in front of the building along with all the prisoners, another guard and their sergeant. Gramps said the prisoners were sent out everyday to work on roads, buildings, and lay pipe etc. Of course the guards were there to make sure they worked and didn't run away. He said he never made it to any other countries. When he finally got his orders to ship out he had to report to the docks in New York along with a lot of other men. They waited for hours and finally were loaded on a ship. ( You know the Army - hurry up and wait. ) They finally got loaded and sailed out into the ocean. Gramps said they had just gotten out of site of a big statue out in the water ( obviously the Statue of Liberty ) when the orders came to stop and return to the docks. The word had just came over the wires, the war had ended. I have a picture of him sitting in a jeep with another soldier. He is wearing his doughboy uniform and the other soldier is wearing a dress uniform. I don't guess this story is very interesting to anyone except me. Since I have been an amateur genealogist for close to 40 years now I rarely get a chance to share any of these stories with anyone. You said you always read your messages so I took advantage of this opportunity to tell you about one of the veterans who served in a different way. YvonneBishop p.s. I do appreciate your email messages. There are so few places these days that we can get real news. I wish there were more like you and Sarah. Then maybe we could keep all these radical liberals and Democrats from doing so much damage.

  • Freda Hilton

    05/28/2018 12:29 PM

    Thank you for these reminders of what we are "celebrating" today. Very uplifting stories. I posted a picture today of my dad in uniform at age 22 getting ready of head to the Philippines and Fiji Island in World War II. He ended up in the Americal Unit that fought some horrific battles--but came home alive. Had to leave many comrades behind which bothered him his whole life.


  • David Worthington

    05/28/2018 12:26 PM

    I am so grateful for you as an American Patriot, a former governor of Arkansas, and current influential voice in our nation, who extends a clarion call to all American people to examine our liberties and try to understand the high costs and sacrifices that it took to obtain them .

    By the same token, you challenge us to understand what it will continue to require in order for us to sustain such liberties. Political courage is not for the faint of heart! President Trump is exercising leadership philosophies and principles, along with our military leaders, that are much better for America and the entire world. We are safer when we are negotiating from a position of strength, and not one of political or military weakness. We must confront and face up to the international challenges of rogue regimes and political ideologies that
    are inhumane to their own people, and that desire to threaten the safety of the entire world. Thank you for your stance on these matters.

    May God help our President, his cabinet, and other trusted voices such as yourself, to persist and ultimately prevail in the fight for honorable and just solutions to so many problems that are confronting this administration. From de-nuclearization on the international scene, to the security of our borders on the national scene, I want to be one more voice and one more prayer warrior for "wrong to fail and right to prevail" in the battle of honorable and fair political relationships between us and other nations of the world. As an Army Viet Nam veteran, and 73 year old citizen of our nation, (and a Christian for 50 years) I want to challenge myself and any other readers of this paragraph, to "...humble ourselves, seek God's face, turn from our wicked ways as individuals and as a nation, and pray," and based on His promises, God says: "Then, I will hear from Heaven, forgive your sin, and heal your land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

    May God continue to give you wisdom, clarity of thought and expression, insight into the sensitive and complicated issues of our culture and world, and courage to take a stand against immorality, political injustices, and behaviors that are contrary to what is best for our nation, from wherever it might come. Thank you.

  • Lynn Middlebrook

    05/28/2018 12:23 PM

    Great tribute to all our Veterans; those who’ve died, been wounded and our curt future heroes!!

  • Mary Fraser Thompson

    05/28/2018 12:19 PM

    What a memorable message for Memorial Day! My brother and husband were naval officers involved overseas in World War 2. Those of us still in school made cotton bandages, sold war stamps, wrote letters, and were totally patriotic. We wish that this country would be as united today! Please keep doing what you are doing...we appreciate you!

  • Red Murr

    05/28/2018 11:35 AM

    I would like to thank you for your Memorial Day information. It was nice to see the good things people do everyday, and to read about people who do the right thing simply because it is the right (Correct), thing to do, not for their 15 minutes of troubling fame.

  • Paul Kern

    05/28/2018 11:35 AM

    As a Nam vet I understand this article well. Since leaving I never felt a part of civilian life. Like many I have a deep distrust of our goveenment. Now at retirement age and forced to still work I have mixed feelings about the VA. I can get basic health care as I have no military disability and have worked to pay my way. Used the GI bill. Found out the VA housing program out here is dead. They refer to civilian programs. The idea that all vets are "crazy" I don't accept. I had a supervisor who attempted to say I had secondary PTSD as my grandfather was a "doughboy" in WWI. Even churches do little. Out here in the Pacific NW people see it as a "3 day" drunk as I call it. Many of my fellow vets are in need. I am sad to say I have worked w/those who are addicted and their VA counselor is helping one I know to run around the system and get everything without dealing with his problems. People forget that we are like other "average" people who have seen and experienced life thru a different set of eyes and will forever remember it. I see my Navy experience broadened my horizons. I became a Christian in that period and have held on to my faith, in both the good and the bad times. Thanks for letting me tell my story. Not a pity party.

  • Mrs Jim Butler (Judy)

    05/28/2018 11:27 AM

    First a “belated” Happy Anniversary”! Thank you for bringing real news to us who are looking for honest reporting. My father served in WWII proudly. God blest us by bringing him home alive in one piece. He died unexpectedly at age 43. My parents taught me to honor God and country as we taught our daughters who taught our grandchildren who are teaching our great grandchildren. Despite all that has happened, I still thank God every day for this administration, ( I admire your daughter), individuals like you, the greatest military in the world, those who preach God’s words and for letting me live along with my family in this United States of America. God bless you, President Trump, VP Pence and all of their advisors,????

  • Linda Plank

    05/28/2018 11:11 AM

    Well done! Thank you for sharing this historic info and touching stories! God bless!

  • US Army Sp 5 Rick Locke (honorably discharged).

    05/28/2018 11:09 AM

    Mike,
    What a wonderful piece. I'm recommending it to all of my Nam-era buddies who I served with. And, yes, so gratified that the rules of engagement have changed. Anyone who's ever looked at the muzzle of a loaded rifle pointed at them would know the hiprocrocity involved by someone who's never been in that position telling them that they couldn't fire until fired upon . War is not some kind of game of marbles where we take turns shooting at one another.
    God bless our fallen troops, veterans and their families and this great country.

  • Art Schefler

    05/28/2018 11:08 AM

    We hear a lot about the VA hospitals and the poor care that is given our veterans. However, there is another group of veterans that are all but forgotten. They are those who have served at least 20 years honorably. A subcategory is those who retired with no service-connected disabilities. They are at the bottom of the eligibility list to seek treatment at VA hospitals. True, they have their medical needs taken through Tricare For Life. But, from their pension (which isn't enough to live on) Uncle Sam takes over $3000 a year for medicare and co-pays for medicine for the member and their spouses. That is a far cry from the promise that was made to them. "if you serve at least 20 years honorably, you will receive no-cost medical, dental and vision care.

  • matt schalburg

    05/28/2018 11:06 AM

    I truly enjoy reading ur comments daily and your Memorial Day one today was Great thank Governor for all u Do keep up the good,work

  • William M Whitenton

    05/28/2018 11:00 AM

    Mr. Huckabee. I really enjoy your daily news and commentary. It gives me hope that our society can survive the onslaught of negative main stream media.

  • Barbara Hemphill

    05/28/2018 10:59 AM

    Thank you so much for continuing to share your God-inspired wisdom, and for your support of our president. America is blessed by your leadership. May God bless you and your family for your faithfulness to His Word.

  • Mike evancho

    05/28/2018 10:56 AM

    Thank you for your stories .I enjoy them and I think you are great man with wisdom and truth. Thank you

  • Laura Morton

    05/28/2018 10:54 AM

    Thank you for this post, Governor Huckabee!

  • Larry H. Carter

    05/28/2018 10:39 AM

    A Plus for all you do for America. I voted for you when you ran for President and I would vote for you again!. You are truly a real genuine red-blood American hero. Your comments are beautiful, truthful, and inspiring. And they carry a lot of weight with me as you are a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ! Keep up the great work my brother.

    Sincerely.

    Larry H. Carter

  • STEPHEN CITRON

    05/28/2018 10:38 AM

    None other than George Washington, is credited with having said;

    "The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, NO MATTER how justified,
    shall be directly proportional as to HOW they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated, and APPRECIATED by their nation"

  • Charlene Jennings

    05/28/2018 10:33 AM

    Thanks for sharing these great stories to help us all celebrate and remember all our heroes - my Mom and Dad served in WW II, as well as two uncles. I lost a dear cousin in Vietnam, a college friend, and my own brother served in that horrible war. Urgently I have a grandson serving in the army. I, too am so proud of them all. I am thankful for my country and for the great patriotic president we now finally have in President Trump. As a person in his age bracket, I truly understood his motto of wanting to “Make America Great Again”.