Friday, May 27, 2011

That They Shall Not Have Died In Vain

It has been said that when a man or woman joins the military, they sign a blank check. That blank check is their pledge to pay any price, up to and including their life, in service to their country.

Memorial Day is a special day that is set aside to honor those that paid that blank check with his or her life.

Thousands of persons dating from the American Revolution in 1776 to the present have attempted to express the nation’s gratitude for the sacrifices made by these men and women. None have done it better or more eloquently than the following:

"It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. 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 here gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

This quotation is from the “Gettysburg Address" which was delivered by Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War, on November 19, 1863, at the dedication of the cemetery located on one of the fields of the Battle of Gettysburg.  When Lincoln gave this speech America was only 87 years old and was engaged in a great civil war.

Lincoln did more than honor the dead! He made a plea that “we the living be highly resolved that these dead shall not have died in vain; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.“

President Lincoln knew that no matter how many men died on the battlefield, the nation would have to be preserved by the people and their elected representatives.

And so it is today!

Last November, Republicans won a startling victory in which they gained control of the House, made major inroads to the Senate, and gained control of the overwhelming majority of the Statehouses.

It was clear that we the people were and are opposed to Obamacare and the vast majority of Obama’s agenda. It is very clear that the voters want for runaway spending to end.

A few days ago in an irrelevant New York district a Democrat defeated a weak Republican candidate for a seat in the House of Representatives. Already we see the Republican leadership has forgotten the November victories and are in a panic over this one vote. If John Boehner and Mitch McConnell and other GOP leaders are afraid to stand up for the people, lets kick them aside and get on with saving this nation from its most destructive enemy the Democrat/Marxist party.

On this Memorial Day, We Americans need to make the pledge that we the living be highly resolved that those who died in the service to this country shall not have died in vain; and that we will do whatever is necessary to restore a government of the people, by the people, for the people as is clearly defined by the Constitution. -- WD

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Marge said...

I've been hanging around for nearly 80 years.

For the very first time I am seeing my country being torn apart piece by piece, a little more every day.

No one seems to care about the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence. Or even common sense.

If the Liberals aren’t stopped in the next few years, very service member that has given his/her life for this country, will have died in vain.

Rose said...

Sadly true!

Alexi said...

I honestly believe that the election in 2012 is the last chance we have at saving America as founded in 1776.

And that will only be true if we can rein in Obama between now and the election of 2012.

We have enough problems from external enemies. We don’t need the one in the White House too.

Molly Brown said...

My father died in Normandy; my brother died in Viet Nam.

Neither would be happy with what is happening to the country that they died for.

I’ll take the pledge!

Meggan said...

My father was a Naval Dive Bomber pilot in the Pacific area WWII. He died in 1943. My husband was wounded in Viet Nam and later died as a result of those wounds. My Grandson is serving in Afghanistan now.

Have their services been for nothing?

Obama has to be stopped!

God Bless America! God damn Obama!

Henry74 said...

I had a Grandfather, two Uncles, and 2 cousins that died in service to this nation. Right now, I have a daughter in West Point.

Where did we go wrong? Were we all asleep as they took over the press, our schools, and our government?

All we get is well filtered propaganda!

This must be stopped!--------if it is not already too late!

Ed Shultz said...

On behalf of VFW members everywhere—Thank You!

Br. Zeke said...


JDW said...

"God Bless America! God damn Obama!"

Meggan said it all!