Men and women who have served in the military know the oath they take, both officer and enlisted, contains the words, “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same...,” an oath solely to the US Constitution. But what they probably don’t know is an addition to the oath is being written…something along the lines of, “…and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the union bosses appointed over me, according to the directives of the presiding union.”
As we remember our brothers and sisters who have sacrificed and continue to sacrifice so we can have Liberty, let us also remember that this ultimate sacrifice is not only worthy of our honor, but also of OUR daily sacrifice and devotion.
“It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion…” Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg.