"Monday 5 Things" with D. Paul Graham
A 1st Battalion Ranger Major at a funeral service for a fallen fellow Ranger.
Photo: D. Paul Graham
Monday 5 Things…..Of Remembrance…..
Last week I did something I haven’t done since moving to Savannah. I walked around the 30 acres of Forsyth Park and took a very close look at the monuments in the park that are devoted to Savannah’s war dead. The Confederate Monument (interestingly designed by Canadian Robert Reid), The Marine Monument and The Hiker, that honors the Georgian soldiers of the Spanish-American War, were good fodder for thought about the history of this great city that I am fortunate to call home. I spent the next couple of hours simply sitting and thinking on a bench shaded by the limbs of centuries-old live oaks draped with Spanish moss. Basking in the warmth of a spring day in Savannah, I appreciated just how free we live because of the men and women who have given their lives to ensure this freedom. On this Memorial Day, today’s M5T shares the words and wisdom of some great minds that articulate the ultimate sacrifice of those that that have fought and died for our freedom.
1. Of Patriots.
“The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.” Thomas Campbell, Presbyterian minister who became prominent during the Second Great Awakening of the United States.
2. Of Honor.
“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.” Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States.
3. Of Thankfulness.
"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God such men lived." General George S. Patton, commander of the U.S. Seventh Army in the Mediterranean theater of World War II, and the U.S. Third Army in France and Germany after the Allied invasion of Normandy in June 1944.
4. Of Graves.
“And they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” Joseph Rodman Drake, American Poet.
5. Of Freedom.
"Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them." Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States.
Here’s to the remembrance and honor of those men and women who died fighting for the very freedom that we so often take for granted.
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