Norman E. Arflack
of Frankfort thanked the veterans "for all they have done to ensure our country remains the beacon of freedom to the rest of the world.Just over a year ago, deliberate and deadly terrorist attacks struck our country," he
said."This enemy attacked not just our people, but all freedom-loving people everywhere in the world.""The evil we face today has no country, no boundaries, and hides among civilian populations to prevent their own destruction," said Arflack, counter drug coordinator of the joint support operations with the Kentucky National Guard.He
went on to say that evil does not work within the boundaries of established rules, but uses terrorism in an attempt to shake the foundation of this nation.
Fight will be long and difficult
While President Bush has said it is our duty to find and bring to justice the evil that is committed to destroy us and our way of life, the fight will be long and difficult before we can bring the terrorists to justice, Arflack
said."Bush's warning after the September 11th attacks was clear -- there will be no quick conclusions to this struggle, and American patience and persistence will be tested as never before."Arflack
said as the country prepares itself for the long task ahead, Monday was the day to remember those who have served.The state National Guard currently has over 1,500 soldiers serving on some form of active duty, said Arflack
, the son of a veteran and the father of a son who is currently on active duty in California.
"Today, we commit ourselves to passing the torch of freedom to future generations so that they can carry it forward," the speaker said."War and conflict never have been and never will be something we would consider pleasant."He
called war a physical misery piled on top of great emotional stress, and ugly with its deadly consequences for the unprepared.
After saluting the men and women who served in one or more of the past wars, Arflack
saluted and applauded them.
'When your country called, you answered'
Saying some of the veterans served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm and even Afghanistan, the speaker said, "Whether you served in France nearly 60 years ago, in the hills of Korea or the jungles of Vietnam, in the burning sands of Iraq or the mountainous terrain of Afghanistan, you know the face of war.This knowledge is a special bond that allows you to look in each other's eyes and know what it is to serve.When your country called, you answered.When duty required you to stand the line, you did," he
...Eric K. Shinseki, Army Chief of Staff, Arflack said, "platforms and organizations don't defend this nation, people do."
...Veterans then and now ensure our country remains free and remains a beacon of freedom, said Arflack, who has been in the National Guard since 1970 and also served 23 years with the Kentucky State Police before he retired in 1993.He
currently is responsible for coordinating the Guard's state, local and federal law enforcement efforts to eliminate illegal drug activity in the state.He
also talked about the brave people who banded together after the terrorist attacks although critics said Americans would fail.But the American people did not fail, Arflack
The American warrior removed the oppressive Taliban government and forced the Al-Qaida terrorists to scatter in less than two months.Now the Afghanistan people have claimed their country back and live under a freely elected government with equal representation and most of all, freedom.
"I'd say our servicemen are successfully accomplishing their mission," Arflack
said."They continually demonstrate to the world the Army's core values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.They too, will return someday to American society, and we all will be the better for it.
"Their actions and dedication and their valor shine as an example for the next generation of veterans to carry on.The torch continues to be passed," he