This is the first Memorial Day in many years on which America has been at war. (The Gulf War was over prior to Memorial Day 1991.) Perhaps never in our history–certainly not since World War II–has our country been so united; thankfully, Daschle, Gephardt, Clinton and their ilk have few followers when it comes to the great issues of war and peace. And not since World War II have Americans joined together so unanimously in appreciation of our veterans. This column by Ralph Peters explains why Memorial Day is the most American of holidays. If memory serves me, Memorial Day was instituted in the late 1860’s to honor America’s Civil War dead. Every nation reveres its war dead, but as Lincoln pointed out, America’s casualties of war are unique: from the beginning, they have died not only to serve their country’s interests, but to insure that government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth. Thus far liberty has not perished, thanks primarily to the fighting men of the United States of America. May it always be so.
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“Arise and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.” Winston Churchill
“Proclaim Liberty throughout All the land unto All the Inhabitants Thereof.” Inscription on the Liberty Bell