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Nov 8, 2021

This is Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. This week we observe Veterans Day, and we highlight the sacrifice of those who have served our country in the military by recalling five simple but powerful words spoken by Marine First Lieutenant Travis Manion before his final deployment to Iraq: “If not me, then who…” First Lieutenant Manion was fatally wounded on April 29, 2007, during an ambush as he led a counterattack against enemy forces. His courageous acts allowed every member of his patrol to survive. (and was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star with Valor). Like this brave soldier, many others are willing to put others before self; to serve without counting the cost; to suffer and withstand unimaginable trials. To each of you who said, “If not me, then who…” we humbly say, thank you. May Our Lord bless our military veterans now, and always.