Things to think about
A Christmas Poem
About the United States: "No country has shed more of its own blood for the freedom of other people than America." Page 297 in the book Fearless by Eric Blehm.
We should all feel more strongly about our country than we do about our favorite baseball or football team. After all, we are blessed in America to have those things, only as long as it remains the land of the free. Mark Persons.
"We identify the flag with almost everything we hold dear on earth, peace, security, liberty, our family, our friends, our home. But when we look at our flag and behold it emblazoned with all our rights, we must remember that it is equally a symbol of our duties. Every glory that we associate with it is the result of duty alone." Calvin Coolidge 1872-1933, 30th U.S. President 1923-1929.
"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." Elmer Davis 1890-1958, news reporter.
A Veteran is someone, who at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including life. That is beyond honor and there are way too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact.
The best things in life aren't things. A friend is someone you can count on....and can count on you.
Wear pride on your sleeve. U.S. Army General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower 1890-1969, U.S. President 1953-1961.
Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who will not. Thomas Jefferson 1743 to 1826, 3rd U.S. President 1801-1809.
Freedom--no word was ever spoken that has held out greater hope, demanded greater sacrifice, needed more to be nurtured, blessed more the giver, or come closer to being God's will on earth. Omar N. Bradley 1893-1981, U.S. Army General WWII.
There was a conference in France with a number of international engineers, including French and American. During a break, one of the French engineers came back into the room shouting, "Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done?" He has sent an aircraft carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he intended to do, bomb them?" A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly, "Each of our carriers has three hospitals that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use in transporting injured to and from their flight deck.. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?" There was dead silence. Author unknown.
A veteran is someone who struggles up from a wheelchair to stand and proudly salute the American Flag when it is presented or is passing by on parade. Mark Persons.
A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of officers. Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks. A French admiral suddenly complained that, 'whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English.' He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?' Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it s because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German." You could have heard a pin drop! Author unknown.
"Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first and the lesson afterward" Vernon Law, baseball player with Cy Young award 1950-1967.
When in England at a fairly large conference, Retired U.S. General Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if the U.S. plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building by U.S. President George Bush. General Powell answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond its borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those who did not return." It became very quiet in the room.
A veteran is someone who puts God and country ahead of himself. Mark Persons.
There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure. Colin Powell, American Statesman and retired U.S. Army General.
Believe in who you are, use wisely what you have, and each day will bring you a smile.
No one stands taller than one who is willing to stand corrected.
Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. Eddie Rickenbacker, WWI ace pilot 1890 - 1973.
The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. President Thomas Jefferson 1743 - 1809.
Patriotism is not a short and frenzied outburst of emotion but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime." Adlai E. Stevenson Jr., 1900-1965, U.S. Diplomat.
Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country. John F. Kennedy 1917-1963, 35th U.S. President 1961-1963.
Snow falling on a winter day at the All Veterans Memorial, 4th and Laurel Streets in Brainerd, Minnesota.