Sunday, June 8, 2008

This Memorial Day Weekend, May 27, 2006

"We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security, is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or the coming generations, that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided Republic. If other eyes grow dull, and other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well long as the light and warmth of life remains to us."
-General John Alexander Logan, (1826-1886)
United States Union Army, General Order No. 11
May 5, 1868

As far back as the mid 1800's, General Logan and men like him knew exactly what it would take to keep America free and strong. He knew that it would take the selfless dedication and sacrafice of untold numbers to keep this great nation free and strong. The influence of his actions and words remain with us today as we celebrate this Memorial Day, a holiday he is credited with creating.

Since the creation of this great nation, over one million men and women have made the ultimate sacrafice in order to ensure that we all continue to live in the free society that men like General Logan fought so hard to preserve. We are the beneficiaries of their selfless sacrafices made to rid the world of tyranny and oppression.

General Logan realized that freedom never comes without a price. Today's military leaders know the same thing. An insurmountable toll has been and will continue to be exacted upon our men and women in uniform so that we may continue to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave AND so that others around the world may experience what some of us here unforunately take for granted...........FREEDOM AND THE PROMISE OF NEW LIFE THAT COMES WITH IT.

This weekend take the time to honor the fallen by offering a prayer of thanks, for they have paid for your freedom with their lives. If you see someone in uniform, thank them for their service and for what they mean to this country. For without them, we could very easily end up just another third world country.

(originally posted 5-27-06 on Yahoo 360)
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