Letter to the Editor
April 8, 2003 - Published 04/26/03
State-Journal Registor


Re: Continued Support For Our Armed Forces

As the war with Iraq leads to a time for reconstruction of a foreign nation and the establishment of a free Iraqi society, it is more important than ever for Americans to show a united front. While anti-war protests are being organized around the country, men and women of our U.S. Armed Forces are putting their lives on the line. They are fighting to preserve our freedoms and to gain freedom for the citizens of Iraq - including the cherished freedom of speech. It is this cherished freedom that allows anti-war demonstrators to express their dissent in our country. We should all be proud that our Nation has remained true to the heritage of our Founding Fathers - and even more proud that we can share our spirit of freedom and justice with the people of Iraq. Our armed forces and their families are making the ultimate sacrifice to share our freedom and keep us safe at home. Let us give them our undivided support and treat them as heroes when they return to our shores.

As Americans, both native and naturalized, we are the beneficiaries of the countless sacrifices made by generations of Americans past. As our world's last remaining superpower we have a big responsibility. We are a nation under God and when good nations do nothing, evil in the world will thrive. We are and should be ending the terror in and from Iraq by dethroning Saddam. No one, including his neighbors, deny that he is a ruthless dictator who tortures his own people. No one will be more grateful for our help and sacrifice than the God-fearing and good Iraqi citizens.

I am a member of the Navy League of the United States, an organization committed to the support of the sea services - including the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine all of which are taking part in military action. I feel it is incumbent upon all Americans to give visible and prayerful support to all the members of the U.S. Armed Forces, their families, and our Commander-in-Chief. No rational person likes the use of force, but tyrants bow to nothing less.

I hope you will join me, and the Navy League, in showing your support for the men and women who will continue to sacrifice for the freedom of the world.


Terry E. Hornbacker
President, Springfield Council
Navy League of the United States