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The Path of the Warrior

Monday, May 26th, 2014
Memorial Day 2013

Lest We Forget

As we pause to reflect on those that gave the greatest sacrifice so that we could enjoy our way of life today, I thought the words of Abraham Lincoln in America’s most famous Memorial Day text – long before there was a “day”  for it- was particularly appropriate.  Following that is a video that is a worth a moment to review.   Gettysburg Address


Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

 Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

 But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate – we can not consecrate – we can not hallow – this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

 President Abraham Lincoln

November 1863

Click the link below for the  video

The Path of the Warrior

A Memorial Day Moment

Saturday, May 24th, 2014

As we prepare to take some time on Monday to remember those fallen heroes who gave the last great measure of devotion for our great country, I thought it might be good to take a minute to reflect on what a great country it is.

The video below shows Kate Smith introducing “God Bless America” to the public.    The song, originally written by Irving Berlin in 1918,  was  rewritten by Berlin  in 1938 and then introduced and performed live on Armistice Day, November 11, 1938 by Kate Smith on her radio program.  It became an immediate hit resulting in the popular demand for the sheet music. Afterwards, Berlin established the God Bless America Fund where proceeds from royalties were donated to the Boy and Girl Scouts of America.

This video is actually the re-staged version  which appeared in the Warner Brothers movie, ” In the Army”  In the 2nd half of the music video there are  clips from the movie ( you’ll recognize some faces) with the characters listening to the song.

This version was originally posted on YouTube by “Aging Bull.”

Enjoy.

See ya’ round the mountains,

Don

God Bless America

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Monday, May 19th, 2014

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