Some Quotes to ponder – Three of My Uncles were WOrld War II Veterans

“But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract….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-“

Abraham Lincoln – Gettysburg Address

“A hero sacrifices for the greater good. A hero is true to his or her conscience. In short, heroism means doing the right thing regardless of the consequences.” Brandon Mull _ A World Without Heroes.

Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems is the day you have stopped leading them. They have either lost confidence that you can help or concluded you do not care. Either case is a failure of leadership.” Colin Powell

Our soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen volunteer to protect and defend this country and all its citizens, and do so with honor, integrity and excellence. Our nation continually asks them to do more and more, with less and less. ” Allen West

Soldiers, when committed to a task, can’t compromise. It’s unrelenting devotion to the standards of duty and courage, absolute loyalty to others, not letting the task go until it’s been done. John Keegan

Sacred Ground

“I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me.”

“The highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country.” George Patton

“Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid. They have earned our undying gratitude.” President Truman

I really do not believe in War. I believe in Peace. But there are times that down right evil needs to be dealt with in a way that may require force and the need to send our brave young men and women into harm’s way. For this we should all be grateful. We are secure because of them. What is in it for them, perhaps not much according to material value but what is in it for us are the freedoms we hold dear. Melba Christie