To fully appreciate the virtue of our soldiers we must remember what freedom means. It means we can choose our own fields of study, our own careers, our own spouses, the size of our families and our places of residence. It means we can speak out without fear regarding any issue--including governmental policy--and choose our values, without interference from the state.
Freedom is based on the inalienable right of each individual to pursue his own goals and his own personal happiness. During America's Revolutionary period, one New Hampshire state document summed up the thinking of our Founding Fathers regarding an individual's rights, "among which are the enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing and protecting property; and in a word, of seeking and obtaining happiness." This is the principle--and the spirit--that our soldiers defend. (CapMag.com, 05/31/04.)
It would have been nice to observe Memorial Day in the "Live Free or Die" state, i.e., New Hampshire. Here is an excerpt from my post, MEMORIAL DAY:
As a former resident of Manchester, New Hampshire, I want to illustrate this post with Cox & Forkum's cartoon, Brothers in Arms.
Please visit John Stark State Park. (EGO, MEMORIAL DAY, 05/30/04.)
How will you commemorate Memorial Day? Will you watch the Heroes Marathon on the History Channel?
Read Robert Tracy's post, Honor, Courage, Pride.
In the news: Medal hope for Cornish 9/11 hero.
A Cornishman who died in the attack on the World Trade Center in New York on 11 September 2001, may be given a posthumous gallantry award.
Rick Rescorla, 62, who was born in Hayle, helped 2,700 people to safety after terrorists flew a plane into the South Tower in New York. (News.BBC.co.uk, 05/20/05.)
Read Greyhawk's post, 911 Remembered: Rick Rescorla was a soldier.