Friday, August 20, 2004

Reflections of War and Victory

Memorial Day celebrates and solemnly reaffirms from year to year a national act of enthusiasm and faith. It embodies in the most impressive form our belief that to act with enthusiasm and faith is the condition of acting greatly. To fight out a war, you must believe something and want something with all your might. So must you do to carry anything else to an end worth reaching. More than that, you must be willing to commit yourself to a course, perhaps a long and hard one, without being able to foresee exactly where you will come out. All that is required of you is that you should go somewhither as hard as ever you can. The rest belongs to fate. One may fall—at the beginning of the charge or at the top of the earthworks; but in no other way can he reach the rewards of victory.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.,
Memorial Day 1884

2 comments:

ALa said...

Kat- Don't kill me but I mentioned your blog to someone that is going to be interviewed by her newspaper about 'alternative news' -she reads CB and wanted suggestions about other blogs...I told her how much time, effort and research you put into yours --

Kat said...

Ala71...thank you. That is the best compliment anyone can receive. I am still surprised anyone finds anything I have to say of interest (besides me that is...LOL).