Huckabee: Honoring America's Real Heroes
On this Memorial Day weekend, as we remember the troops who fought to keep this nation safe, Governor Mike Huckabee tackled the issue of veteran suicides. He had a strong message for President Obama and for Americans, calling us all to remember the real heroes.
Read Huckabee's powerful remarks below and watch the clip above.
So the president's Rose Garden press conference with the prime minister of Turkey couple of weeks ago was interrupted by some raindrops. The president called on a couple of U.S. Marines to hold an umbrella over them.
I am sure the Marines were willing and ready to do whatever the commander in chief requested, but I couldn't help but cringe at the command for Marines to keep the president dry.
Look, it’s true the president’s been rained on over a growing series of scandals. But instead of the president calling in the Marines to protect him from rain, I wish he’d called them in to protect our ambassador in Benghazi.
And as for the umbrella, there was something unseemly about having Marines hold an umbrella – a task easily assigned to any White House flack. In fact, it might have been a great opportunity for the president to simply request the umbrella and hold it himself.
Our military is called upon to risk their lives for us and many do just that. They are called upon to take on the toughest task that even exists on this planet. And it would appear that sometimes the most menial tasks are kind of beneath their training as warriors.
Yet sadly, many of these heroes who come home face another enemy: the demons of post-traumatic stress disorder and a federal bureaucracy that makes our veterans wait to get treated.
There are 22 suicides a day among veterans and it is time we put this issue front and center. I recently had the incredible privilege of serving as emcee of an event to honor recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor. Of the 80 living Medal of Honor recipients, 12 of them were at the event.
I got to tell you, I stand in awe of these living and true American heroes. Ordinary men called upon to do extraordinary things. Putting their lives in the path of bullets and bombs in order to save others. Their gallantry is the stuff of which movies are made. Yet, few Americans could even name one Medal of Honor recipient.
We live in a culture of celebrities. Sports celebrities, music celebrities, movie celebrities, even political celebrities. And there are some people who are famous for just being famous. But while celebrities might sell tickets and CD's and sign autographs and pose for photos, being a celebrity isn’t being a hero.
Heroes aren't necessarily famous, but I sure wish they were. I wish the real American heroes who have received the Congressional Medal of Honor were famous and that every kid in this entire country knew their names and had posters of them on their wall.
I wish we put supreme value on the unselfish people who risk their lives for the rest us of, instead of just people who simply entertain us. Don't get me wrong. Look, I don't begrudge the people who entertain us. I just don’t believe they’re heroes.
Those who serve in uniform, those are heroes. And on this Memorial Day weekend, I hope you take a moment to get on your knees, close your eyes and say a prayer of thanks for those whose names you may not know, but whose actions gave you freedom. And yes, they are heroes.