Memorial Day

These heroes are dead. They died for liberty – they died for us. They are at rest. They sleep in the land they made free, under the flag they rendered stainless, under the solemn pines, the sad hemlocks, the tearful willows, and the embracing vines. They sleep beneath the shadows of the clouds, careless alike of sunshine or of storm, each in the windowless Place of Rest. Earth may run red with other wars – they are at peace. In the midst of battle, in the roar of conflict, they found the serenity of death. I have one sentiment for soldiers living and dead: cheers for the living; tears for the dead. ~Robert G. Ingersoll

I hope all of you have a happy Memorial Day. Take a moment and say a prayer for the family of a fallen soldier – and thank a soldier you see.

6 comments

  1. JDW says:

    Thank you to all who are serving and who have served in our military, an endless thank you to you all.

  2. Baker says:

    I found this quote in a story from The Albany Journal. I put it up on my site today and thought I’d pass it along here. It really is powerful if you think about the historical context and just how different the United States is than every other country ever. The woman who wrote the article cites Colin Powell as the source for this thought.

    “We come not to conquer, but to free nations. Neither Iraq, nor Afghanistan, nor Germany, nor Vietnam, nor Korea, nor Japan, nor the Philippines are represented by a star on our flag. The only foreign soil we require is that which is needed to bury our fallen soldiers.”

    The Last Best Hope of Earth.

  3. hannah says:

    The Constitution is a recipe which defines the obligations of the agents of government to the people they are elected and appointed to serve. That the foreign lands we bombard and fight over are not covered by our flag or our Constitution merely demonstrates a desire not to accept additional obligations to provide for the welfare of additional populations.
    This is a current issue because the Supreme Court has come very close to ruling that the Constitution follows the flag — i.e. that our agents of government are obligated to provide the same treatment to all persons within it’s jurisdiction. That is, where U.S. law is to be in effect, all persons are to be treated with respect. The prison at Bagram has been ruled “exempt” from this principle on the grounds that it is an Afghani installation.
    Liberating people who haven’t asked to be liberated runs the same risk as “liberating the equity people have accumulated in their homes” for use in the market. There are likely to be unanticipated consequences that leave the “liberated” worse off than they started.
    Liberation is like freedom; not an improvement when it is a goal, rather than a starting point. If people have to be liberated, it means they were in chains.

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