Wednesday, May 26, 2010
THOUGHTS FOR MEMORIAL DAY
THE THREE QUOTES BY THOMAS PAINE DESCRIBE SOMETHING WHICH WE HAVE BECAUSE BRAVE MEN AND WOMAN HAVE PAID A PERSONAL PRICE TO DEFEND IT AND THE THREAT TO IT IF WE DO NOT MAINTAIN A REAL VIEW OF THE GIFT WHICH IS NOT INDESTRUCTIBLE.
I have included the FOUR PARAGRAPH Gettysburg Address later in this post because it was given to honor those who paid the price and in the fourth paragraph TO CHARGE those who enjoy that which was preserved. These words are very appropriate for US to review and ponder today.
When I contemplate the natural dignity of man; when I feel (for Nature has not been kind enough to me to blunt my feelings) for the honor and happiness of its character, I become irritated at the attempt to govern mankind by force and fraud, as if they were all knaves and fools, and can scarcely avoid disgust at those who are thus imposed upon.—Thomas Paine
“If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” — Tom Paine
“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.” -- Thomas Paine.
THANKS TO THE SACRIFICES OF THESE PEOPLE - OUR COUNTRY HAS BEEN SAFE FROM THE OUTSIDE Posted by littleguyusa on Friday, September 11, 2009 9:00:00 PM
This is a "THANK YOU!!" to our service people for putting their lives on hold and on the line without regard to a discussion of the wars in which they are involved. These people are the reason that we are still Americans without another country's rule and I just wanted to acknowledge them for giving me the opportunity to enjoy my life in America.
The One Finger Salute
Today at 7:05am
Read below pic before making judgment on 'The Finger' gesture and you'll understand....
Leading the fight is U S Marine Gunnery Sgt Michael Burghardt, known as 'Iron Mike' or just 'Gunny'. He is on his third tour in Iraq . He had become a legend in the bomb disposal world after winning the Bronze Star for disabling 64 IEDs and destroying 1,548 pieces of ordnance during his second tour. Then, on September 19, he got blown up. He had arrived at a chaotic scene after a bomb had killed four US Marines. He chose not to wear the bulky bomb protection suit. 'You can't react to any sniper fire and you get tunnel-vision,' he explains. So, protected by just a helmet and standard-issue flak jacket, he began what bomb disposal officers term 'the longest walk', stepping gingerly into a 5 foot deep and 8 foot wide crater. The earth shifted slightly and he saw a Senao base station with a wire leading from it. He cut the wire and used his 7 inch knife to probe the ground. 'I found a piece of red detonating cord between my legs,' he says. 'That's when I knew I was screwed.' Realizing he had been sucked into a trap, Sgt Burghardt, 35, yelled at everyone to stay back. At that moment, an insurgent, probably watching through binoculars, pressed a button on his mobile phone to detonate the secondary device below the sergeant's feet 'A chill went up the back of my neck and then the bomb exploded,' he recalls. 'As I was in the air I remember thinking, 'I don't believe they got me...' I was just ticked off they were able to do it. Then I was lying on the road, not able to feel anything from the waist down.' His fellow Marines cut off his trousers to see how badly he was hurt. None could believe his legs were still there 'My dad's a Vietnam vet who's paralyzed from the waist down,' says Sgt Burghardt. 'I was lying there thinking I didn't want to be in a wheelchair next to my dad and for him to see me like that. They started to cut away my pants and I felt a rea l sharp pain and blood trickling down. Then I wiggled my toes and I thought, 'Good, I'm in business.' As a stretcher was brought over, adrenaline and anger kicked in. 'I decided to walk to the helicopter. I wasn't going to let my team-mates see me being carried away on a stretcher.' He stood and gave the insurgents who had blown him up a one-fingered salute. 'I flipped them one.. It was like, 'OK, I lost that round but I'll be back next week.' Copies of a photograph depicting his defiance, taken by Jeff Bundy for the Omaha World-Herald, adorn the walls of homes across America and that of Col John Gronski, the brigade commander in Ramadi, who has hailed the image as an exemplar of the warrior spirit. Sgt Burghardt's injuries - burns and wounds to his legs and buttocks - kept him off duty for nearly a month and could have earned him a ticket home. But, like his father - who was awarded a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts for being wounded in action in Vietnam - he stayed in Ramadi to engage in the battle against insurgents who are forever coming up with more ingenious ways of killing Americans.
Thank you for enduring the heat, the hard work and the sacrifices. I appreciate more than I will ever be able to show. Ross
THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS COPIED FROM:
Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met here on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But in a larger sense we can not dedicate - we can not consecrate - we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled, here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but can never forget what they did here.
It is for us, the living, rather to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they have, thus far, so nobly carried on. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion - that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom; and that this government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
MARCUS LUTTRELL WROTE LONE SURVIVOR
Listen to this interview and note Marcus Luttrel's description of his vote to let the goat herders go rather than to execute them and insure the team's safety. THE LIARS WHO HIDE THE TRUTH ABOUT OUR SERVICE PEOPLE AND PROMOTE ANYTHING WHICH THEY CAN FIND TO PROPAGANDIZE THE GULLIBLE work to the destruction of what we have because our military protects it. Perspective is incredibly important.
“What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly.” -- Thamas Paine
“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” -- Samuel Adams
Memorial Day Was Born Out Of The Civil War In 1868 and the historian interviewed suggests that we take a moment to read the Gettysburg Address on Memorial Day.
TWO VIDEOS SHOWING THE EMOTIONS OF THOSE WHO DEFEND AMERICA AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM
In the Arms of an Angel - American Soldiers Tribute by Mushafugga at
with Music: Sarah McLachlan - Angel Download This Song: iTunes AmazonMP3
A tribute to all of our troops, and for my good friend SharpLugia!
with Music: Mark Schultz - Letters from War
LET US STAY CONSCIOUS AND DEDICATED TO OUR DUTY TO PRESERVE THAT WHICH WE HAVE RECEIVED!
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