National Conference of Viet Nam Veteran Ministers
As the twentieth century staggered to a conclusion, reviews of the events of
those past 100 years asserted that we lived through a bloody century of war.
As veterans of one of those conflicts we of the National Conference of Viet
Nam Veteran Ministers cannot disagree. From highly censored warfare to the
living room war of modern communications, one common denominator has been
blood shed by the warriors. Those who have served have paid a great price.
As we begin this new century, we believe it is time for all who have been,
and are now, warriors to come together to honor one another. For this
reason we offer the following pledge as a basis for meeting together over
the coming years.
The Warrior's Pledge
Oh warrior, my brother, my sister:
We once prepared for battle, and served our causes as best we could.
Perhaps we are stained by blood shed by others, or carry scars from our own
Yet our task is not complete until we have acknowledged one
Oh warrior, my brother my sister, I offer to you the following:
I will honor your experience of service,
recognizing that while your cause may not be mine,
the terrors of war bind us together.
I will listen to your story, and share with you my own,
for without each other we cannot know the truth,
nor can we tell the story to our children.
I will value your life,
even though in the past we may have sought to destroy one another
and may indeed have destroyed lives precious to each other,
today your life is precious to me.
I will give you the gift of my presence,
that we may know each other as the warriors we are,
complete our task,
and welcome each other into our homes.
Alan Cutter, 1999
We invite other warriors from around the world to join us in affirming this
pledge by signing our Guestbook.
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