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Monday, May 26, 2008

Memorial Day 2008

This Memorial Day, I repeat a few of my favorite quotes in honor of those who have fallen in defense of America, and in thanks to the men and women of our armed forces today. They stand as their forefathers before them, in defense of Western Civilization and our way of life.

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.

British Philosopher, John Stewart Mills

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly…who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who have never known neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

In peace nothing so becomes a man as modest stillness and humility; but when the blast of war blows in our ears, then imitate the action of the tiger; stiffen the sinews, disguise fair nature with hard favored rage ... We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me, Shall be my brother; be ne'er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition. And gentlemen in England now abed, Shall think themselves accursed they were not here, And hold their manhood's cheap whiles any speaks, That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day ... From now until the end of the world, we and it shall be remembered. We few, we Band of Brothers. For he how sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.

— William Shakespeare, , King Henry V


Bernita said...

Thank you, Bernard.

raine said...

Can't beat Shakespeare, Bernard.
Thanks for the inspiring words.

BernardL said...

It is a pleasure to honor their sacrifices. Thanks Bernita and Raine for honoring them with me.

Stephen Parrish said...

Thank you, Bernard, for your military service, which I know wasn't a milk run.

BernardL said...

Thank you for your service, Stephen. Compared to your time in, mine was a milk run. :)