Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day: The Eternal Flame

This is footage from July of 1938: a newsreel of the reunion of the last survivors of Gettysburg. On this occasion, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt dedicated the Eternal Flame at Gettysburg, made of Maine granite and Alabama limestone.

The music is perfect accompaniment and very moving.

This newsreel is about continuity, gallantry, reflection and hard-won wisdom. At the end, FDR has a voice-over: "All men are created equal." Yes. And in unity is strength.

Thank you to all our military personnel, past and present, living or dead, prosperous, homeless, in serenity or in travail. For those in travail, may your burdens be lifted by hands at home and abroad, in the sky or here on earth.

For those that died in war, may we remember that you were human and petty sometimes, and that you had desires and needs that were not met and not allowed to flourish. That you sacrificed much of your liberty, at least some of your happiness, and then your life for this nation.

May your deeds and your memory, in both great and small things, burn in us forever.


Bob G. said...

Amen and roger that!

'Nuff said.

Ann T. said...

Dear Bob,
Have a wonderful day!

Anonymous said...


Edith Bunker said...

Beautifully stated!
Thanks Ann, for your perfection with words.

The Observer said...

Ann T:
Couldn't say it better myself

The Observer

Ann T. said...

Dear All,
I am glad it resonated . . . thanks for stopping in to listen to my piece. It's the sharing that makes the day--I realized this only today after reading around the 'net and seeing the different ways people paid tribute.

Thanks to you all!

Ann T.

meleah rebeccah said...

thank you for posting this!

Ann T. said...

Dear Meleah,
Thanks for reading it!
Ann T.