Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day 2008 in the USA: We Salute Those Currently Serving and Those Who Have Served

Some thoughts from America's founders on this day of remembrance:

1. "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." ~ Benjamin Franklin

2. "Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all." ~ George Washington

3. "Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?" ~ Thomas Jefferson

4. "Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things." ~ Alexander Hamilton

5. "I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain." ~ John Adams

6. "A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained in arms, is the best most natural defense of a free country." ~ James Madison

7. "Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property... Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of the use of them." ~ Thomas Paine

8. "Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives." ~ John Adams

9. "How soon we forget history... Government is not reason. Government is not eloquence. It is force. And, like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." ~ George Washington

10. "When my country, into which I had just set my foot, was set on fire about my ears, it was time to stir. It was time for every man to stir." ~ Thomas Paine

Some thoughts from America's veterans on this day of remembrance:

>Click here to read what Memorial Day means to veterans in their own voices.

>The Last Doughboy: At 107 years old, Mr. Frank Buckles is the last of America's World War I veterans. Click here to read a Memorial Day column by George Will.

All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope. — Sir Winston Churchill

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