We Salute You! Armed Forces Day 2005
To all of you serving our country in the military today — and your families — we salute you! We thank you. We pray for you. And to Josh, Michael, and Will, in particular . . .We Love You! Be Safe.
By Ralph Waldo Emerson
In an age of fops and toys,
Wanting wisdom, void of right
Who shall nerve heroic boys
To Fathom all in Freedom’s fight –
Break sharply off their jolly games
Forsake their comrades gay
And quit proud homes and youthful dames
For famine, toil and fray?
Yet on the nimbler air benign
Speed nimble messages
That waft the breath of grace divine
To hearts in sloth and ease
So nigh is grandeur to our hearts
So near is God to man
When Duty whispers low, Thou Must
The youth replies, I can.
Thanks to Paratrooper.net for the moving poem.
Matt at Blackfive, says that there are protests scheduled today at recruiting offices around the country (how dare they?), and suggests buying a recruiter a cup of coffee instead! He also provides a link to events honoring the military around the country.