While we all possess differing opinions on an array of topics, there are times when right and wrong are clear.

The storming of our country’s Capitol this month was nothing short of outrageous and heart breaking. What started as a group of voters exercising their constitutional right to peacefully assemble in protest tragically turned into rioting and an attack on Congress that resulted in loss of lives.

The United States is the only country in the world where our military service members pledge to support and defend the U.S. Constitution rather than an individual. We swear to uphold our way of life outlined in this foundational document — our country’s powers and duty of government as well as our rights as citizens.

All the freedoms we are granted by the Constitution were fought and paid for with the blood of Veterans. The attack on our government dishonors their sacrifices.

I encourage each of us to look inside our hearts during this turbulent time for what we know is right.

Today and every day, our thoughts and prayers are with all the brave men and women who continue to selflessly defend our freedoms at home and abroad.


Lt. General Michael Ferriter, U.S. Army (Retired)

President and CEO National Veterans Memorial and Museum

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