We surely remember today, all those who laid their lives down in arms representing this country. There have been wars and conflicts with components that were in the defense of freedom and democracy and fairness and yes, there have been those that spurned questions of doubt as to why we were involved.

Yet, through all this, we should also take the time to meditate on where we would be had we not stood up for democracy, human rights and the dignity and peace for ourselves and other nations.

And lastly, we should recognize that that were people of drastically different backgrounds that came together in unity to fight side by side against oppression and crimes against humanity; American and immigrant Jews fighting side by side with other Americans against nazi fascism; blacks fighting in armies early in our countries’ formative years all the way to present times; native Americans displaced by whites yet fought side by side in numerous conflicts and wars over the years defending the very country that beat them down at times but has at least made some progress (but with more to go) in equality and fair treatment. There are numerous other examples but we should use this opportunity to realize that no matter who is in the WH, Senate or House, whomever occupies the State and local governments and we agree or disagree, that at the end of the day, we repeat and remember JFK’s memorable words, and I add the complete final quote:

“And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God’s work must truly be our own.”

Dr. Scott Noren
NY 23rd House candidate