These pages have been created so we would have a place to pause to remember and to pay tribute to veterans from all our Armed Forces.
Each conflict in our Nation's history, all the way from the Revolutionary War to the Civil War, from World War I and World War II to Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and all the others, serves to remind us of the terrible sacrifices of our men and women and the high cost of our freedom.
These pages are a special tribute to those who did not come home, to honor them for the ultimate and terrible sacrifices they were willing to make, and to honor their families, their friends, and all those who love them.
This is also a tribute to honor all our living veterans as well as those who are now serving in our Armed Forces today.
Today we are at peace, but we live in a very troubled world. We sometimes forget that no democracy in human history has ever lasted as long as the United States. It's an easy thing to forget, but if we measure it against all the recorded history of civiization, we should realize that every day we have is a miracle ... a miracle that the members of our Armed Forces have made possible. Through two centuries and several wars, they are responsible for America's remaining the "Land of the Free"
"Home of the Brave."
Throughout our history, we have been blessed by the courage and commitment of Americans who were willing to pay the price of their tomorrows. More than 1.3 million of them have fought and died for our safety and have kept us warm with the sunshine of freedom. Every one of them, no matter what battlefield they died on ... every one helped to build a nation we love.
The lives of those who survived were forever changed. Those who died, stay forever young in their loved ones' memories. The final thoughts of our fallen heroes were most likely those of home and family.
We all should share in the grief of the families whose loved ones remain unaccounted for. As of October 7, 1999, there are 2,047 Americans still missing, over 90% of them in Vietnam or in areas of Laos and Cambodia where Vietnamese forces operated during the war. We may never find out what happened to them.
While we can never repay our debt to our fallen warriors, we can remember their service and honor their sacrifice. We all should save special places inside our hearts to honor all those who gave their lives so that we and our future generations might live in freedom. We can remember our dead war heroes in some special way, whether by placing flowers on a veteran's grave, lighting a candle, observing a moment of silence, or saying a prayer of thanks.
I would like to share with everyone some heart-touching and thought-provoking poems and other things about our American heroes. I hope you will enjoy some of them.
Some of the authors are unknown but if you know the correct source of items listed, I will appreciate hearing from you so corrections can be made and proper credit given.
At the bottom of the page are a few links that may be of interest to some of you.
Please click on the page you would like to see.
Thank your for visiting "The Unforgotten." I do hope you enjoyed your visit here and that you will pause for just a minute to say a little prayer for all the men and women who are now serving in the Armed Forces and for their families and loved ones.