I read today as a prelude to a story about D-Day commemorations the phrase “This will be the last significant observation of this event. Because only a handful of living veterans are now participating and none will be alive for the 100th year anniversary.
Really? Because the battle of Gettysburg, one hundred and fifty six years ago still commands great interest and respect in both the North and the South. It is my belief that as long as the American Republic survives both battles will continue to be marked by intense interest, respect and devotion to the principles of Honor, Duty and Freedom that both events represent.
“In great deeds, something abides. On great fields, something stays. Forms change and pass; bodies disappear; but spirits linger, to consecrate ground for the vision-place of souls… generations that know us not and that we know not of, heart-drawn to see where and by whom great things were suffered and done for them, shall come to this deathless field, to ponder and dream; and lo! the shadow of a mighty presence shall wrap them in its bosom, and the power of the vision pass into their souls.” – Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.
So say we all.