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Letter: Veterans made the cause of America 'their supreme choice'

Backer writes, "In the history of our country, well over a million veterans have given their lives in defense of our nation and what it stands for, and in doing so, made the cause of America their supreme choice."

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Ninety-nine years ago, in 1923, then Vice-President Calvin Coolidge delivered a Memorial Day speech in Northampton, Massachusetts. Coolidge said we commemorate Memorial Day "to do honor to all those, now gone, who made the cause of America their supreme choice."

In the history of our country, well over a million veterans have given their lives in defense of our nation and what it stands for, and in doing so, made the cause of America their supreme choice.

Coolidge appropriately ended his speech by quoting from the apostle John, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

On Memorial Day 2022, let us remember that we are a blessed nation because so many of our fellow citizens have given their lives to make it so.

Jay Backer lives in Graceville, Minn.

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