I think this whole organized religion thing is silly to begin with. However, the sight of a cross or Star of David does not offend me, bother me, or anything. The idea of separation of church and state has nothing to do with eliminating religion. It was designed to limit one religions over influence and oppression of the population and infringement upon our basic democratic principles.
The couple was honored for their funding both of temporary housing (“Fisher Houses”) for the families of patients being treated in military hospitals, and of scholarships.
For more information on the Fishers and their philanthropy, click here (http://www.fisherhouse.org/about/history.html).
The co-founder of the RP Foundation Fighting Blindness was presented with the award. The foundation helps drive research into curing and preventing vision-stealing disorders.
For more information on Gund, click here (http://gordongund.com/artistbio.html).
The cartoonist and World War II veteran was honored for his comic strip “Willie and Joe,” which brought the war to life for newspaper-readers both during and after it, through the adventures of two rank infantrymen.
For more information on Mauldin, click here (http://billmauldin.com/bio).
The ABC news correspondent was presented with the award for his documentary on his return to the Vietnam site of the 1965 Battle of Ia Drang Valley, where he was wounded.
For more information on Smith, click here (http://www.arlingtoncemetery.net/jpsmith.htm).
The Vietnam War Army veteran was honored for his work in helping to build an orphanage in Vietnam. Then president of America Online, Inc., he also served on the board of directors of the USO.
For more information on Kimsey, click here (http://kimseyfoundation.org/jameskimsey.htm).
The industrialist and human-rights advocate was honored for his long fight both in support of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which was passed in 1990, and for yet more equality of opportunity for the disabled. Dart was left in a wheelchair after an attack of polio in his youth.
For more information on Dart, click here (http://www.cdrnys.org/wordpress/?p=503).
The NBC news anchor was presented with the award 40 years after, in 1957, being elected governor of the Department of South Dakota’s Boys State, and having newly written his book “The Greatest Generation,” about the Americans who grew up during the Depression and fought World War II.
For more information on Brokaw, click here (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4364148/ns/nightly_news-about_us/).
The 1996 presidential candidate and conservative activist is the son of a 33-year Army NCO who received two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. In 1967, Keyes both won the National Oratorical Final and served as Boys Nation president, the first young man to do so.
For more information on Keyes, click here (http://www.answers.com/topic/alan-keyes).
The reigning Miss America was honored for using her platform to bring attention to the problem of homelessness among veterans. She is the daughter of a combat-disabled Vietnam War veteran.
For more on French, click here (http://www.heathersveterans.org/about.htm).