Today in History: U.S. Army Special Forces Established

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June 19th, 1952
United States Army Special Forces (Green Berets) established

De oppresso liber
Traditional translation: “To free from oppression” or “To liberate the oppressed”
Actual translation: “From (being) an oppressed man, (to being) a free one”

 

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Death of Ronald Reagan

Ronald Wilson Reagan
February 6th, 1911 – June 5th, 2004

“In closing let me thank you, the American people for giving me the great honor of allowing me to serve as your President.  When the Lord calls me home, whenever that may be, I will leave with the greatest love for this country of ours and eternal optimism for its future.

I now begin the journey that will lead me into the sunset of my life.  I know that for America there will always be a bright dawn ahead.

Thank you, my friends.  May God always bless you.”

– End of Reagan’s letter announcing his Alzheimer’s disease
(full letter available here)

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President Reagan’s burial site at The Reagan Library, Simi Valley, California (photo source, courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Library)

Weekend Reading

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Stated simply, men and women are created differently, a fact that many in today’s politically correct environment can’t seem to grasp.  Heather Mac Donald discusses this and more in an excellent piece, “The Negative Impact of the #MeToo Movement”, featured in Hillsdale College’s April issue of Imprimis.

Along the same lines, the article “What My Sons Can Learn From the Self-Destruction of the Boy Scouts” is a good reminder about the need to stand up and fight for what is right.

Memorial Day 2018

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Normandy American Cemetery (source)

Sacrifice
by Edgar Guest

There was a book he’d planned to write,
Which none will ever read.
He gave his life in one swift flight
To serve his country’s need.
And there was one who might have found
A gentler way to fame
He sleeps today in foreign ground;
Upon a cross his name!
Who know how great is freedom’s price,
Or who can truly tell
The sum of all their sacrifice
Who fought for truth and fell?
But ’tis the glory and pride
Of freedom’s brave and bold,
For what is right they put aside
The joy of growing old.
They gave the books they might have penned
And all they might have done,
Closing a lifetime’s dreams to end
Twixt dawn and set of sun.

Weekend Reading: Memorial Day

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As we head into this holiday weekend, let’s not forget the true meaning of Memorial Day.  It’s not about great sales, barbecues, or the official kick-off of summer – it is about paying tribute to the men and women of our armed forces who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf.  Take a few moments to read these “Memorial Day Reflections”, and may we always remember and be grateful for those who have died, that we may live free.

 

Photo by Travis Saylor on Pexels.com

Mother’s Day 2018

“I wish that every officer and soldier of the American Expeditionary Forces would write a letter home on Mother’s Day.  This is a little thing for each one to do, but these letters will carry back our courage and our affection to the patriotic women whose love and prayers inspire us and cheer us on to victory.”

– General John J. Pershing,
May 1918

Free Speech

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“Everyone is in favour of free speech.  Hardly a day passes without its being extolled, but some people’s idea of it is that they are free to say what they like, but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.”

– Winston Churchill,
October 13th, 1943,
“The Coalmining Situation”, Speech to the House of Commons