Monday, November 12, 2012

Viva les Veterans!

"We are a people to whom the past is forever speaking. We listen to it because we cannot help ourselves, for the past speaks to us with many voices. Far out of that dark nowhere which is the time before we were born, men who were flesh of our flesh and bone of our bone went through fire and storm to break a path to the future. We were part of the future they died for; they are part of the past that brought us the future. What they did - the lives they lived, the sacrifices they made, the stories they told and the songs they sang, and, finally, the deaths they died - make up a part of our own experience. We cannot cut ourselves off from it. It is as real to us as something that happened last week. It is a basic part of our heritage as Americans." - Bruce Catton, Civil War historian.

Catton's profound thoughts are more appropriate for Memorial Day rather than today, when we are celebrating Veterans Day, but I am feeling so very grateful to all the veterans in my beloved adopted country that I thought I'd just share it anyway. Plus, I am currently reading A House Divided in which it appears. Thank you, Veterans. Long may you live in complete health, peace, and freedom. I pray for God's abundant blessings upon you and your loved ones. Amen.   

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