Comments: Memorial Day, 2005

If you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves. -- Sir Winston Churchill.

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Churchill's mother was an American.

Semper fidelis.

Posted by maz2 at May 30, 2005 12:55 PM

Thank you for that, maz2!

Posted by Debbye at May 31, 2005 11:27 AM

I have witnessed the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns on a rather bleak early spring day. I was struck by the dignity of event. I was the only spectator. I came away knowing that the solemnity and respect of the ceremony would have been the same had I not been there.

I lived in the USA for a decade. I have American children. We suffered through 9/11 with my friends and neighbors.

There is much to admire to respect about America. It is a land populated by good and brave people. I know because it was my honor to live among them.

God bless America.

Posted by shaken at June 7, 2005 02:03 PM

I envy you that experience, shaken. I've been to the Tomb but didn't see the changing of the guard, and was too young (and foolish) to make it a point to be there for that ceremony.

Your mention of Sept. 11 is quite apt, as we have the remains of "unknowns" from that attack too. Many of us privately include those lost that day in our Memorial Day reflections, as the inclusion of Rescorla was meant to convey, even if technically this isn't their day.

Thank you for your sentiments.

Posted by Debbye at June 8, 2005 04:28 PM