Today marks the 68th anniversary of the death of John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing, General of the Armies of the United States.
The following words from Pershing’s brief 1918 speech, From the Battlefields of France, still ring true as we remember all the members of our military who continue to take the fight to the enemy each and every day.
“Three thousand miles from home, an American army is fighting for you. Everything you hold worthwhile is at stake.
Only the hardest blows can win against the enemy we are fighting.
Invoking the spirit of our forefathers, the army asks your unshrinking support, to the end that the high ideals for which America stands may endure upon the earth.”
*Picture: General Pershing at General Headquarters in Chaumont, France on October 19, 1918
(by 2nd Lt. L.J. Rode, via Wikimedia Commons)