A Memorial Day Salute
Instead of a question and answer, it is appropriate this Memorial Day to salute all those who have given their lives in defense of this nation. Without their sacrifices we would not be free to ask questions, to challenge our political leaders and to take an active role in our system of government. To them we owe an unrepayable debt.
The United States of America was born from the blood and ashes of war--the Revolutionary War of 1776. It was fought to defend the "self-evident" truth "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Those who fought and died were committed to the notion that government derives its "just powers from the consent of the governed" and that when a government does not protect the unalienable rights of the people, it is the "Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."
Since the war of 1776, nearly two and a quarter centuries ago, thousands thousands of men and women have died for the same cause. Tyranny does not reign in America--as it does so many places around the globe--becase so many have love their country more than their own lives.
Memorial Day Reading
WAR MESSAGES & SPEECHES
The War Inevitable Patrick Henry
1812 War Message James Madison
The Gettysburg Address Abraham Lincoln
1898 War Message William McKinley
1917 War Message (WWI) Woodrow Wilson
1941 Message (WWII) Franklin Roosevelt
FDR's Radio Address to the Nation
MEMORIAL DAY IMAGES
Declaration of Independence
United States Constitution
Boston Tea Party
Signing the Declaration
Raising the First Flag at Independence Hall
The Battle of Trenton
Washington's Farewell to His Officers
Arlington National Cemetery
Iwo Jima Memorial
WWII Soldiers on Beach