“Either we shall employ our strength, power, and conscience boldly and righteously in defense of human dignity and freedom, or we shall waste these reserves for peace and default to the forces that breed new wars.

(Each soldier) we bury is partly the victim of your folly and the folly of all peace-loving peoples who turn their backs on the ills of the world.

Secure in distant and peaceful towns…clinging to comforts, refusing risks, seeking refuge in words, we recanted power and conscience to side with those who sought peace at any price. Too late we discovered the price was too high, and to keep freedom we paid in the bodies of our young sons…”

General Omar Bradley Memorial Day 1948

 

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  1. SSG Daryl Booker, COL Paul D. Kelly. shot down over irag. on the wings of normandy, my brothers.

  2. I am captured by your opening photograph…the colors and composition give clarity to today.

    We remember.

    • God of our fathers, known of old,
      Lord of our far-flung battle line,
      Beneath whose awful hand we hold
      Dominion over palm and pine:
      Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
      Lest we forget, lest we forget.

      The tumult and the shouting dies;
      The captains and the kings depart.
      Still stands thine ancient sacrifice,
      An humble and a contrite heart.
      Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
      Lest we forget, lest we forget.

      Far-called, our navies melt away;
      On dune and headland sinks the fire.
      Lo, all our pomp of yesterday
      Is one with Nineveh and Tyre!
      Judge of the nations, spare us yet,
      Lest we forget, lest we forget. – Kipling

  3. It is incumbent on us to honor their sacrifice by picking up the flag and manning the line against the threats to the Republic, both foreign and, notably, domestic.

  4. Non Sequitur:
    I am struck by General Bradley’s words in the opening paragraph of his 1948 speech on Memorial Day “… boldly and righteously in defense of human dignity and freedom…”,
    Contrast this with the title of BF Skinner’s 1971 book “Beyond Freedom and Dignity”.
    Skinner was given a grant by the Department of Health and Human Services to write the book under a Republican administration with Nixon as President.
    IIRC the book was on the NYT best seller’s list for twelve weeks.
    Academia was enthralled with the concept of ” cultural engineering” that Skinner was advocating.

    We are seeing the results of that engineering as academia set out to destroy the culture of freedom and dignity that the people who gave their lives whom we honor today and replace it with their Utopian communist culture that destroys one’s freedom and dignity.

    The sun is up.
    Time to raise the flag in honor of those who gave us our freedom and dignity at the cost of their lives.

  5. I’m mostly inured to the lack of respect and gratitude embedded in the general population for this day. Instead, I focus on what it means to me and mine as I honor those who gave all.

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