Veteran's Monument in San Juan Capistrano


Sighted in a park at San Juan Capistrano was a monument with this inscription:

This monument is dedicated
to the valiant of the armed
forces who ventured far,
fought bravely, gave their
time for service, and for some,
gave their lives to preserve
freedom and liberty in our
land. This monument is a
testimony to the manner in
which they lived, worked,
and fought to achieve the
victories in order that America
may live and that we may
all live in freedom.

I am very impressed with this sentiment. It neither glorifies war, nor degrades the sacrifice of our veterans. It doesn't imply that America is always right, or that veterans are all valiant and noble. But it does honor those who made and continue to make sacrifices for things which are bigger than themselves.

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