Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill,
that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship,
support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the
success of liberty.
--John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address Washington, D.C. January 20, 1961


It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry,
Peace, Peace--but there is no peace. The war is actually begun!
The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears
the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field!
Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish?
What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet,
as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take;
but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!
--Patrick Henry March 23,1775


Throughout our history, America has fought not to conquer but to liberate. We go to war reluctantly, because we understand the high cost of war. Those who have given their lives to defend America have the respect and gratitude of our entire nation.
--George W. Bush, May 28, 2005


I took the first picture at the Korean War Memorial at the Mall in Washington DC in July 2004.

The second picture is the Black Hills National Cemetery outside of Sturgis SD. My grandfather who served in WWI is buried there. My father who served in the Army in the late 1950s has asked to be buried there also.

I took the last picture during the night lighting of Mount Rushmore in July of 2003.

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