09 November 2007

The Greatest Nation and Its Heros

Sunday November 11th is Veterans Day. I extend my warmest wishes and profoundest gratitude to all of the Men and Women who have given their time, energies, talents and, lives in order that we may remain the greatest Nation that the world has ever seen.

This movie clip stil gives me the chills everytime I see it. I hope that one day someone steps up and attains the mantle of Patton in our fight against Islam. You can take out the word Nazi from his monologue and replace it with Muslim.



And this letter doesn't carry the same power without the music flowing in the background, but when they read it during Saving Private Ryan, it was a tear-jerker. This was a letter written to Mrs. Bixby when it was believed that her 5 sons had been killed in battle. Apparently only 2 were killed, one deserted and the others returned home. Still a touching letter from the White House to someone who had given their most valuable treasure so that our country would continue as one.

Abraham Lincoln 1809 - 1865 
Mrs. Bixby Letter

Executive Mansion
Washington, D.C.
November 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 words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to 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,
Abraham Lincoln

Note: 
President Lincoln wrote this letter expressing condolences to Mrs. Bixby, a widow who it was believed had lost five sons in the Civil War. 

5 comments:

J. said...

We should be observing this holiday now more than ever. This weekend is the time to be thinking about issues confronting our troops and their families. A good way to get involved is to check out the the Wounded Warrior Project. It's a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness for U.S. troops severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. It really puts a face on the cost of this conflict. Here's a link:

http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/aarwebshow

Jeff

Retired CPD said...

I just returned from a two day trip to Springfield. I really did not know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by the sites. The Old Capital Building and the New Lincoln Memorial were awesome. You forget how much you really learned in school. The Lincoln Memorial and New Salem Town is great to take in. Very timely Rue.

To all the vets - GOD BLESS YOU ALL

rosco said...

I thought it was "Armistice Day"???? You know, the end of W.W.I??? Got to watch "All is quiet on the Western Front" They should give the veterans their own day. They can have Grand Parents day and Sweetest Day, so why not a real Veterans Day?

Rue St. Michel said...

Rosco,
I don't know if your calendar is published in Farsi or Greek, but mine says 'Veterans Day'.

"All Quiet" is one of my favorite novels. One of the best war books ever published.

Oh and its also the Birthday of the US Marine Corps. OOOhh-Rahhh to all the Devil Dogs out there! Semper Fidelis!

rosco said...

I guess they changed the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day Because it was easier. Just look how vets are treated. Ever see your VA benefits? Its a joke... They use you then shit on you.....