My Dear Miss Dupre | Review

Ronald Reagan Speech

Hey everyone!  for Memorial Day weekend I decided to post a speech of Ronald Reagan's.  Here you go!

  "Directly in front of me, the monument to a monumental man, George Washington, father of our country, a man of humility who came to greatness reluctantly.  He led America out of revolutionary victory into infant nationhood. Off to one side, that stately memorial to Thomas Jefferson.  The Declaration of Independence flames with his eloquence, and then, beyond the Reflecting Pond, the dignified columns of the Lincoln Memorial.  Whoever would understand in his heart the meaning of America will find it in the life of Abraham Lincoln.
  Beyond these monuments to heroism is the Potomac River, and on the far shore the sloping hills of Arlington Cemetery with its row upon row of simple white markers bearing crosses or Stars of David.  They add up to only a tiny fraction of the price that has been paid for our freedom.
  Each one of these markers is a monument to a hero. Their lives ended in places like Belleau Wood, the Argonne, Omaha Beach, Salerno, and halfway around the world on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Pork Chop Hill, the Chosin Reservoir, and in a hundred rice paddies and jungles of a place called Vietnam.
  Under one such marker lies a young man, Martin Treptow, who left his job in a small-town barbershop in 1917 to go to France with the famed Rainbow Division.  There, on the western front, he was killed trying to carry a message between battalions under heavy artillery fire.
  We're told that on his body was found a diary.  On the flyleaf under the heading "My Pledge" he had written these words: "America must win this war.  Therefore I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone."
  The crisis we are facing today does not require of us the kind of sacrifice that Martin Treptow and so many thousands of others were called upon to make.  It does require, however, our best effort and our willingness to believe in ourselves and believe in our capacity to  perform great deeds, to believe that together with God's help we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us.
  And after all, why shouldn't we believe that?  We are Americans."

  I would enjoy encourage you this Memorial Day weekend to think on these words.  And to never forget the sacrifice, that so many made, so we could be free.