- Written by AmericanDuckie
7-2-14 11:03 AM EST: “Judge not that ye be not judged; we carried the torch to the goal. The goal is won: guard the fire: it is yours: but remember our soul Breathes through the life that we saved, when our lives went out in the night: Your body is woven of ours: see that the torch is alight.” ~ Edward J. O’Brien, On the Day of Achievement
Remember the days of old, Consider the years of all generations. Ask your father, and he will inform you, Your elders, and they will tell you ~ Deuteronomy 32:7
’Tis a far, far cry from the “Minute-Men,” And the times of the buff and blue To the days of the withering Jorgensen And the hand that holds it true.
’Tis a far, far cry from Lexington To the isles of the China Sea, But ever the same the man and the gun— Ever the same are we ~ Edwin L. Sabin, The American Soldier 1899.
God and a soldier all people adore In time of war, but not before; And when war is over and all things are righted, God is neglected and an old soldier slighted. ~ Anon.
This story shall the good man teach his son; And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remember'd; We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me Shall be my brother... ~ Shakespeare , King Henry V St. Crispin’s Day Speech
They will still yield fruit in old age; they shall be full of sap and very green ~ Psalm 92:14
To you from failing hands we throw The torch; be yours to hold it high. ~ from LC John McCrae’s poem In Flanders Fields
So many men I see every week when I go to town are a little bent with age, gray hair peeking out from under their Veteran’s caps, but still, whenever I get a chance to talk to one, or shake their hand to thank them, there is still strength in them, especially in their faces. They still have that quiet dignity, which except for their caps, seems to say “I have served my country” and so many would gladly do it still if they could. These honorable men (and women too!) are leaving us too quickly, but their legacy can live on – not just by those of us who want to learn from them, but by those who follow in their footsteps.
We as younger generations can learn much from those of the older generations, if we listen and accept the torch whenever it is handed to us.
In honor of all those who have passed the torch, this is for you, a reminder that once a Soldier, always a soldier you will be. Thank you. Have an awesome Warrior Wednesday.
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