Memorial Day 2014

Executive Mansion,
Washington, Nov. 21, 1864.

Dear Madam,

I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

A. Lincoln

I have fallen victim recently to bitter resentment when I think of the state of our republic today, and the ideals for which so many have marched to war to defend, never to return. So many of our “countrymen” seem to have thrown away that which our honored fallen gave all to preserve. But then I remember that no matter how bleak our current situation seems, things have been bleaker. And the men we honor today rose up during those bleak times and faced the evil of their day as free men, as patriots, as Americans. And they paid for future generations to have the ability to the do the same; as free men, as patriots, as citizens. So I vow that I WILL live my life as to be worthy of their sacrifice, that I WILL ensure that future generations can live as citizens of a free republic. I WILL continue to carry the torch that they fell to keep lit, and I WILL pass that torch on.

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Words from a different war, facing a different foe, but for 238 years men who instinctively understood this marched to war to defend the ideals of liberty and freedom. They did not march to war to conquer, or for greed or plunder, or because a king commanded them to. They went as citizens fighting for a cause greater than themselves. And they gave their futures for generations yet unborn.

That I will honor.

“To be born free is an accident.
To live free a privilege.
To die free a responsibility.”
Brigadier General James “Robbie” Risner
USAF
POW 1965-1973

12 comments

  1. 1
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    What if the nation was divided back then; as the Euro-weenies culled the strongest, lucid, and educated from their gene pool;
    the one nation that slowed and ended many a tyrants plans would have, no doubt, been ineffective.
    Good men we know now, would not have existed; would not have been altruistic, would not have the massed creativity and genius that we still enjoy today, the wealth that still surrounds us.
    I like America influencing mankind through a bit of culling of the sociopaths, tyrants and just plain wicked individuals that will always be our bane.
    We are not fodder, though. Our precious kin and kind cannot be replaced with sympathetic platitudes in a world-wide race to extinction. The U.S. stands together or fails with the rest.
    It does appear we need a concise inter-cull and structure refit.
    But, who do we trust with the keys?

  2. 2
    LC Mike in Chi growls and barks:

    Ha…I wrote that before I saw the video.
    I guess I have learned a bit from the A.I.R.E. crew, eh?

  3. 3

    Powerful Crunch – I bow my head in humble gratitude this day for those that gave all.
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    LC IB CiSSnarl5.7 Imperial Foreign War Correspondent says:

    Powerful Crunch – I bow my head in humble gratitude this day for those that gave all.
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    I have too much of a lump in my throat for much other than to echo this.
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    LC ShadowFox growls and barks:

    I’ve got to borrow this brother. It can’t be said too many times.

  6. 6
    LC R6 growls and barks:

    Crunch, here’s a tribute I’m unfamiliar with.

    Got any history on this?

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    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    Well-done video. The more I learn about RR, the better he looks.

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    LC Xystus growls and barks:

    LC R6.

    Looks like this ritual borrows a little from the Passover Seder.

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    LC R6 @ #:
    It’s an old tradition R6, but I really don’t know all the history behind it. You will see one at any official military ball, a few other ceremonies as well. The empty chair itself is at least 200 years old, probably older. The other elements vary, but the empty chair itself has been around awhile.
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    VonZorch Imperial Researcher growls and barks:

    I expect that something similar has been taking place from the time man invented war.

  11. 11
    Tallulah growls and barks:

    Listen to this Marine sing the Star Spangled Banner.

    The FINAL verse.

    Some of you already know this, but there are more verses to the Star Spangled Banner than the one we always hear.

    In this clip, a Marine stuns a crowd with his rendition of the concluding verse of our national anthem:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0fQd858cRc

    God bless and preserve our dear America!

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    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    Amen, brother, I needed that, I really did.

    I expect quite a few of us have an empty chair or two around tonight, either at our tables or in our hearts, or both, I know I do.

    And then you look around at what they gave their everything for or, more accurately, look around at how the ones who stayed at home, safe and sound, are pissing it away for absolutely nothing, and you tend to get a wee bit bitter. At least I do. And that’s a British Understatement. Makes me wonder why in the name of Pluto’s thorned cock they didn’t just stay at home too. Along with the rest of us. It’d make it a bit easier to empty this damned bottle at the very least.

    And then I read what you wrote and I realize that they were the lucky ones. No, hear me out, I’m not that morbid. What I mean to say is that their job is done. They already did their duty, did their bit and then some. It’s just people like me who thought that our jobs were done when we got home. It’s not.

    G-d’s not done with us yet. There’s a large number of ungrateful, treasonous, thieving pissant twats right here at home who are in dire need of a right royal thrashing, a wall-to-wall attitude readjustment, in order that our absent brothers’ sacrifice may not be in vain. And our brothers are in no position to do so, having already, as I said, done their duty.

    I guess it’s up to us, then, to grab the entitled, ingrate fucks by their shriveled excuses for balls and shove a gladius so far up their arses that the tip will scrape their corneas until they get the point, pun very much intended.

    Sounds good to me.

    Thanks again, brother.
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