Priceless: Bauer, Reagan and Churchill on Memorial Day

Published on May 27, 2013

Our understanding must also extend to potential adversaries. …we must never fail to note, as frequently as necessary, the wide gulf between our codes of morality. …Nor must we ever underestimate the seriousness of their aspirations to global expansion. The risk is the very freedom that has been so dearly won. …

Winston Churchill said of those he knew in World War II they seemed to be the only young men who could laugh and fight at the same time. A great general in that war called them our secret weapon, “just the best darn kids in the world.” Each died for a cause he considered more important than his own life.

Well, they didn’t volunteer to die; they volunteered to defend values for which men have always been willing to die if need be, the values which make up what we call civilization. …

I can’t claim to know the words of all the national anthems in the world, but I don’t know of any other that ends with a question and a challenge as ours does: Does that flag still wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave? That is what we must all ask.

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Image: Dakota Linck, 9 years old, left, his mother Debi, and father, Rick, at the gravesite of their brother and son, Army Staff Sgt. Henry W. Linck, Arlington National Cemetery; http://www.defense.gov/photo essays/photoessayss.aspx?id=899; ID 080824-D-8901Q-005; author: Samantha L. Quigley; public domain

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