Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day

Thank you to our veterans. Today and every day.
It is foolish & wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived. - George S. Patton

Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. - Sir Winston S. Churchill

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse. - John Stuart Mill

It is, in a way, an odd thing to honor those who died in defense of our country ... in wars far away. The imagination plays a trick. We see these soldiers in our mind as old and wise. We see them as something like the Founding Fathers, grave and gray-haired. But most of them were boys when they died, and they gave up two lives -- the one they were living and the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They gave up their chance to be revered old men. They gave up everything for their country, for us. All we can do is remember. - Ronald Reagan


AKD said...

I love that you looked those up and shared them. That's awesome.

photography139 said...

I love John Stuart Mill. One of my favorite all-time liberals and a quote that is usually mangled.

Let me add some more of the quote, that came from one his writings to urge people to support the Union during the Civil War:

When a people are
used as mere human instruments for firing cannon or thrusting
bayonets, in the service and for the selfish purposes of a
master, such war degrades a people. A war to protect other
human beings against tyrannical injustice; a war to give victory
to their own ideas of right and good, and which is their
own war, carried on for an honest purpose by their free
choice—is often the means of their regeneration. A man who
has nothing which he is willing to fight for, nothing which
he cares more about than he does about his personal safety,
is a miserable creature, who has no chance of being free,
unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than
himself. As long as justice and injustice have not terminated
their ever renewing fight for ascendancy in the affairs of mankind,
human beings must be willing, when need is, to do
battle for the one against the other.

I thought you might find this interesting as well: