LETTER: Force for good

Ret. Col. Pat Proctor

To the editor:

Seventy-five years ago this Saturday, the emperor of Japan acceded to the demands of the Allied Powers for unconditional surrender, ending the Second World War, the bloodiest conflict in human history.

Over the course of this war, 16 million Americans, men and women, donned uniforms, took up arms and traveled to the far corners of the Earth to fight and sacrifice to make other people free. Over 400,000 Americans made the ultimate sacrifice to secure freedom for their nation and the world.

This day is especially poignant in an era when our nation’s history is under attack by those who would replace it with a narrative of tribalism and systemic racism. This day is a potent reminder that, while far from perfect, America has been a powerful force for good in the world throughout its history. Despite our faults, our’s is a history of a courageous people, forever struggling to expand the reach of freedom and liberty, both at home and abroad, to all people everywhere.