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Let us give remembrance this Memorial Day

By James Lee Elliott | May 17, 2018

To the editor:

By recognizing history, we can make history.

Many Americans look to history for identity and national cohesiveness as they devote time, energy and resources to trace their family trees as they visit museums, national parks, historical sites and cemeteries.

Then there are those that see American history as a burden to overcome, a prison from which to escape, as they apologize to the world for the foundations of this nation, as they attempt to rewrite history to meet their needs at any given time.

Many have a divided attitude towards America caused by false teachings, no teachings, fake news, biased media, and political agendas that play to an audience with little knowledge or respect for American history.

If this nation is to remain a free society whose republic is designed to rest on the consent of informed citizens then American history does matter and should be present in all we do and at all times.

Benjamin Franklin had a low opinion of people pretending to be lovers of liberty and freedom while they begrudged paying for the defense of it.

A free people will not survive unless they stay strong as freedom comes through strength and leadership, as it was the philosophy of this nations Founding Fathers that this nation would forever be blessed with freedom and prosperity if our nation remained a virtuous and adequately armed nation.

George Washington warned us in 1837 that, “Experience teaches us that it is much easier to prevent an enemy from posting themselves than it is to dislodge them after they have got possession.

“But prosperity always attracts greedy aspirations and attacks from predatory foreign and domestic enemies.

“This nation’s men and women in uniform dedicate, risk, and put their lives and the lives of their family and loved ones on hold to fulfill their missions and communities to their nation.

“Veterans of this nation that have taken the oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America from both foreign and domestic enemies should never become political pawns of greedy aspirations.

“Let us give remembrance and decoration this Memorial Day and every day to those that have gone before us that have defended this nation’s God-given right to life as was intended by Him our Creator - the rock upon which this republic was intended to rest upon.

“May God grant these men and women that know that freedom is not free, mercy and multiply their peace and their love mentally, physically, emotionally financially and most of all spiritually.

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

In memory of those who have gone before us.

 

- James Lee Elliott, Fairfield

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