The last few months have been a very patriotic time for many Americans. A lot of attention has been paid to active and retired military and veterans of the many wars and conflicts our troops have been involved with. Many have had injuries, both bodily and mentally.

What is it that compels a person to enlist in the military? There are many reasons. Some find it a way of getting away from home and being on their own. Others may look at it as a family tradition, and still others feel they are doing something for their God, country and loved ones back home. When they face the enemy for the first time, why are they there?

One soldier, a barber from a small town, Pvt. Martin Treptow, enlisted in the Army in 1917 and served with the famed Rainbow Division, named for their ethnic diversity, to fight in France. He was killed on the western front trying to carry a message between battalions under heavy artillery fire. On his body, they found a diary. On one page they found an entry he had made under the heading, “My Pledge.”

“America must win this war,” he wrote “Therefore, I will work, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone.”

I believe what he wrote speaks for every man and woman who has ever worn a uniform. Migwetch (Thank you)!

The July CPN Veterans Organization’s meeting will be held on the 26th of July in the North Reunion Hall at 6 p.m. (or as soon as you can get there). All CPN Veterans and their families are welcome. You do not have to be a member to attend. Just drop by and visit.

(Thank you),
Daryl Talbot, Commander