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No veterans, no freedom

The Honorable Newt Gingrich

By Newt Gingrich (original source The Washington Times)

“The next time someone asks you why we celebrate Veterans Day, remind them that a nation that does not honor its veterans may not have its freedom for very long.

Those men and women willing to risk their lives for America are the key to our freedom and independence.

This truth about the central role of veterans goes all the way back to the very first confrontation between the American militia and the British Army in April of 1775. As many historians have noted, a disarmed rabble would have been crushed by the British Army. The Redcoats had put down rebellions in England, Scotland and Ireland. Those rebellions, however, had not involved citizens who voluntarily organized and trained as a militia and had the weapons to protect themselves.”

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