Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day Salute

Veterans Day Salute

This week we put aside our political differences, our own agendas and other things that take our time and focus to honor those who have and still are serving to protect and defend the United States of America.

My father served on a submarine in WWII.  My father-in-law took some shrapnel in the Korean war and my Uncle John was prisoner of war in the Philippines.  I will never truly understand what they experienced, nor can my words properly express the respect I have for their service.

Instead, I want to share what I consider to be the most moving tribute to service men ever written.  I take this from Abraham Lincoln and his Gettysburg Address:

"But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate-we can not consecrate-we can not hallow-this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us-that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion-that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain-that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom-and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."


Veterans Day Salute

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