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Memorial Day 2010

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“Greater love has no one than this,
that he lay down his life for his friends.”

It is the
VETERAN,
not the preacher,
who has given us freedom of religion.


It is
the VETERAN,
not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.

It is
the VETERAN,
not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.

It is
the VETERAN,
not the campus organizer,
who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is
the VETERAN,
not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is
the VETERAN,
not the politician,
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the
VETERAN who
salutes the Flag,

It is the
VETERAN
who serves
under the Flag.


It is the
VETERAN
whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester
to burn the flag.

Thank God for the VETERAN.

Adapted from the writing of
Father Denis Edward O’Brien, USMC

7 Comments

  1. I really like this, thank you!

  2. The ultimate sacrifice, no doubt.

    Remember: Jesus came back in three days. These men and women died knowing that they would not. Indeed, those who fight and die to keep humanity free are our real saviors.

  3. Thank you! I must share this!

  4. All that can be said is “AMEN”!

  5. It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.

    But it was the PREACHER, not the veteran, who inspired a nation to stand up for the God-given freedom of religion in the first place. “The [Great Awakening] of the 1740s played a key role in the development of democratic concepts in the period of the American Revolution.” (Bailyn, Bernard. The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution. Harvard University Press, 1992 p. 249,273-4, 299-300)

    Thanks be to God for men who lay down their lives on the battlefield and in the pulpit.

  6. Chris de Vidal—Well put and well said!!! What you say is so true, without biblical Christianity as the foundation of America (though our country is straying from this foundation) we would not have freedom in the first place. God bless.

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