While I was reading the news the other day I came across an article about “Patriotism” and honoring our troops. Without delving too deeply into the author’s feelings about Iraq and Afghanistan, I wanted to post my thoughts on patriotism from a historical context. As my fellow Kentuckians are aware, this great state, and of course our country as a whole, has sacrificed a great deal so that we may live free from tyranny and oppression. And while we are not a perfect society, and I dare any of my readers to list any through history that were, we are darn close. So, in my own way, I honor those who gave so much by tipping a glass, or three, of my best Bourbon.
To Daniel Boone, who opened the way through the Cumberland Gap and into the Ohio Valley for those hearty soles that eventually settled the Blue Grass State.
To John Hunt Morgan, Brigadier General and Commander of the 2nd Kentucky Calvary, and Basil Wilson Duke who took over command after Morgan fell in battle.
To Jefferson Davis, who served as President of the CSA.
To Major General, and former Vice President, John C. Breckinridge who led the “Orphan Brigade” to many a glorious victory during the Civil War.
To the 23 Medal of Honor recipients hailing from Kentucky who gave their all for our freedom.
To the 7,400 Kentuckians who serve in the state’s reserve units, whether they be Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines or Coast Guard.
And a special toast to those airmen who lift a glass of Jeremiah Weed after a successful mission.
To these men and women, and the many more not listed, I toast, for they are the true patriots. They lay their lives on the line in service to this country every day so that we who do not can speak freely without fear. Because to them it is the action, not the word, that is patriotic.