The Way I See It!

I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.

Honoring Our Soldiers and Veterans


 02-25-2008 05:33 PM


Always remember that as “One Nation, Under God” we must be one with each other.  “Indivisible” because if we are divided we will fail. 


I don’t think it is enough to thank our Soldiers and Veterans on Memorial Day, July 4th, and Veterans Day, we must thank them all the time for allowing us to sleep comfortably in a warm bed and protect us from those wanting to harm us and our great nation.  The last of the true super powers.  For this wonderful gift of peace and freedom, we have only one person to give thanks to – the American Soldier.


Remember that the men and women of the United States Military have freely chosen to protect us and give us this gift.  This gift comes with a price tag of their lives.  Many have lost their lives protecting us from evil.  This very gift of our livelihoods that allows for the first amendment of free speech, to which some people exercise to protest, spit on, name call, and on the very people giving them the gift of freedom.  It is a gift that can never be reciprocated in full, and only asks for remembrance in return.


Many American Soldiers will not come home from their stations of turmoil and danger around the world to be with their families and friends.


The American Soldier will stand steadfast and strong, continuing to protect us and fight for freedom in places around the world with conditions that we cannot even begin to fathom as has been done in the past.


If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.  - Ronald Reagan


I would like to personally thank my Grandpa John “Jack” Sheehan, who fought in World War II as a bombardear gunner on the B26 Marauder.  His plane “Flack Bait,” the very one he used, is in the Smithsonian.


I would like to thank both of my dads for serving and protecting us.  My dad, Ralph Hollenbeck, just after the Korean conflict in the Marines and my other dad, Jerry Kopczynski, during Vietnam in the Air Force. 


I would like to thank our dear friend, Wayne Utecht, for serving during Vietnam in the Navy on the U.S.S. Ogden  (LPD-5).  And to his dad, Roland “Bud” Utecht, who served during World War II in the Navy on Battleship U.S.S. Maryland at Pearl Harbor.


I would like to thank my nephew, Christopher Schmidt, currently serving in the Army stationed in Iraq, for believing in our great nation to put his life on the line to keep the freedom we currently have and to fight for the freedom of others. 


I would also like to thank fellow Cudahy resident, Raymond Buttke, who also served in Vietnam in the Army for inspiring me to write this little remberance of our Veterans.  I truly enjoyed talking to you.


May God bless them and their families, and may He hold them safe in His arms until they come home again.  May God shed kindness on those families who have lost love ones.  May God hold court with those already in Heaven.  May God protect us all and help us to always remember the events of September 11, 2001.  Evil lurks in the world and only God and our soldiers can guard us from it.


Democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man.


- Ronald Reagan



Christopher Schmidt

Christopher Schmidt in Iraq 2008

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