I collect quotes
from all over the world. Those of you who receive my Internet emails
see a new quote every week. They are guideposts for everyday, and
sometime extraordinary, events in our lives. They're wonderfully
amazing because they cross all cultures as every one has defined
and clarified our tenuous state of existence with similar words
of wisdom. Meet a person who can offer a few good quotes and you've
found yourself a person of principle.
Below are selected
photos of the World War II Memorial on the Mall in Washington, D.C.
taken Thursday September 30, 2004. I thought the quotes were remarkable
as I remember several of them as a child in school. I questioned
by two children (one an AP scholar in high school, and the other
a junior at U.S.C.) on the quotes and they never hear of them with
the exception of President Roosevelt's "...a day in infamy".
So much for our modern educational system.
my chagrin I did not take a picture of FDR's famous quote from his
Declaration of War, December 8, 1941 refereed to above.
I regret to
report that the ACLU and other liberal factions succeeded in removing
that last part of his famous speech where the President concludes
by emphasizing our intended victory with "...so help us God!*"
This has been an issue of contention by veteran organizations and
others across this country since the completion of the memorial.
Nowhere on, or near, this massive monument will you see the word
"God". I'm not being fussy here. If anything in our nation
should be historically correct it is our monuments to the men and
women who've given their lives for this great country in His name.
The same complaint
holds true to the huge plaque pictured below at the main entrance
to the WWII memorial.
As with our
Pledge of Allegiance ,
our legislative and court systems, and with our money it has always
been "Liberty and Justice under God" as it has been in
my schooling. Our constitution and every other document used in
the formation of this country are based on the fact that our human
rights were given to us by 'somebody' who the founders agreed to
call "God." If it's someone else, I, for one, would like
to know. It's this premise that has made all we know that is good
about out country possible.When it's "under God", you
can't take away as the French tragically found out in their version
that was not "under God" but under their King who wasted
no time taking it away.
Great American Speeches Vol. 3, 1931-1947 by Caedmon Records,
TC 2033, ©1969 by John Graham
I borrowed this
picture from the Internet. The FDR Declaration of War excerpt above
reads as follows;
7, 1941, a date which will live in infamy...no matter how long it
may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American
people, in their righteous might, will win through to absolute victory."
of the last line should read:
help us God!"
It was intentionally