Monday, August 22, 2011

Remembering Those Before Us

Are We Remembering Those Who Came Before Us? Oct 2009

"The nation which forgets its defenders will itself be forgotten."- Calvin Coolidge

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." - Abraham Lincoln

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." - George Santayana

Are we remembering those who came before us?

Do we remember those who gave their lives, their families, their fortune, their future for our freedom?

How did they/are they affecting our lives today?

How would our lives be any different if they didn't exist?

Would they be proud of who you are today?

Would they be proud of what our country has become?

"We are who we are because of those who came before us. We're standing on their shoulders."

“Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our own lives sublime
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time.”
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"Every nation or a group of nations has its own tale to tell. Knowledge of the trials and struggles is necessary to all who would comprehend the problems, perils, challenges, and opportunities which confront us today." - Sir Winston Churchill

"I shall never surrender or retreat. I call on you in the name of liberty, of patriotism, and of everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid... The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily and will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible and die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor and that of his country." - Lt. Col. Wiliam Borrett Travis, Alamo

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