to the Military
often (but not often enough) we gather in hall and chamber, in chapel,
mosque and synagogue, near the ocean or by Flanders' Fields, to remember
once more with the best words we can summon for the deepest emotions we
know, one solemn, terrible yet wonderful truth. It is this: We stand where
we stand because of military might. We are where we are because hundreds
of thousand of Americans, millions, said yes when called to the colors
over the painful centuries of this nation's birth.
We live where we live because the military --- cold word --- because our
fathers and brothers and sons and uncles said sure, give me a gun and
dress me up right; this is worth fighting for. Women, too, not just in
these public years but early on, put the lie to the notion that there
existed a weaker sex and went to war.
All --- all, all, all --- fought private terrors and found certain glory,
and died as the fates would have it. Every man and woman created, protected
and preserved the impudent, the unlikely, the dear place they knew as
home, the United States of America.
As often as we gather, it is never often enough. Revere them, honor them,
call them grand, proclaim them heroic. All true. But most important, for
this assembly and for all others in glade and glen from Atlantic to Pacific:
presented by John Van Doorn
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