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Memorial Day, 2013
As Americans celebrate the long weekend, I pray they stop and remember it’s true meaning. Although memorial days were used to honor fallen warriors for centuries, in this country, it began in 1866 in Virginia. More info. is at: http://www.memorialdayorigin.info
This is part of a speech by President Reagan on Memorial Day in 1982. I removed some of the political parts from that era. Please be safe this weekend. DON’T drink and drive, and use seat belts every time the vehicle is moving. We would miss you.
“In America’s cities and towns today, flags will be placed on graves in cemeteries; public officials will speak of the sacrifice and the valor of those whose memory we honor.
In 1863, when he dedicated a small cemetery in Pennsylvania marking a terrible collision between the armies of North and South, Abraham Lincoln noted the swift obscurity of such speeches. Well, we know now that Lincoln was wrong about that particular occasion. His remarks commemorating those who gave their “last full measure of devotion” were long remembered. But since that moment at Gettysburg, few other such addresses have become part of our national heritage — not because of the inadequacy of the speakers, but because of the inadequacy of words.
I have no illusions about what little I can add now to the silent testimony of those who gave their lives willingly for their country. Words are even more feeble on this Memorial Day, for the sight before us is that of a strong and good nation that stands in silence and remembers those who were loved and who, in return, loved their countrymen enough to die for them.
Yet, we must try to honor them — not for their sakes alone, but for our own. And if words cannot repay the debt we owe these men, surely with our actions we must strive to keep faith with them and with the vision that led them to battle and to final sacrifice.
Our first obligation to them and ourselves is plain enough: The United States and the freedom for which it stands, the freedom for which they died, must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply. It has a cost; it imposes a burden. And just as they whom we commemorate were willing to sacrifice, so too must we — in a less final, less heroic way — be willing to give of ourselves.
Winston Churchill said of those he knew in World War II they seemed to be the only young men who could laugh and fight at the same time. A great general in that war called them our secret weapon, “just the best darn kids in the world.” Each died for a cause he considered more important than his own life. Well, they didn’t volunteer to die; they volunteered to defend values for which men have always been willing to die if need be, the values which make up what we call civilization. And how they must have wished, in all the ugliness that war brings, that no other generation of young men to follow would have to undergo that same experience.
As we honor their memory today, let us pledge that their lives, their sacrifices, their valor shall be justified and remembered for as long as God gives life to this nation. And let us also pledge to do our utmost to carry out what must have been their wish: that no other generation of young men will every have to share their experiences and repeat their sacrifice.
Earlier today, with the music that we have heard and that of our National Anthem — I can’t claim to know the words of all the national anthems in the world, but I don’t know of any other that ends with a question and a challenge as ours does: Does that flag still wave o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave? That is what we must all ask.”
A. Ferguson, Editor
Prosecutor Retaliated Against Fast and Furious Whistle-Blower
Suspected Mexican Drug Cartel Members Arrested in Arkansas
(How many Mexicans have a first and second name like Mohammed Kazam. Influence of Islamists on the Mexican drug cartels)
Blog del Narco: Author Who Chronicled Mexico’s Drugs War Forced to Flee
“He said ‘run’, then hung up – woman behind…blog tells how colleague’s disappearance meant she had to escape.”
U.S.-Mexico Cooperation Against Cartels Remains Strong
Will ‘Fast and Furious’ End in Obama Impeachment?
Two Border Villages Reunite For One Day-neat story
Second immigration officer union comes out against Senate immigration bill
Immigration Bill Much Worse Than ‘Amnesty’
Immigration Overhaul Wins Panel’s Backing in the Senate
Stem and Immigration Reform
Immigration Reform Should Strengthen, Not Cost, America
Wisconsin Dairy Farmers Anticipate Immigration Reform
Cartel towns pose challenge for immigration reform
U.S. Immigration Plan Encounters Business-Labor Rift
OAS Report Presents Legalization as ‘Drug War’ Alternative
Passenger from Mexico gets 3 years for smuggling heroin through Bush Airport
Illegal Alien Rapes Baltimore Girl 1 Year after City Becomes Sanctuary
Immigration cases make up 40% of federal prosecutions, study says
Many…tried for crossing the border after being deported.
Quality of life gap between U.S. & Mexican border communities decreased between 2000 & 2010
Thermo sold Mexico plant overrun by drug lords, lawsuit claims
Border officers find $100K hidden in Mexico-bound cooler
Illegal immigrant (alien) charged with intoxication manslaughter in Harris County deputy’s death
US indicts American for conspiracy in Haitian immigrants case
Police: Smyrna Girl, 7, Raped
CBP Officers at El Paso Port Stop SUV with Multiple Drug-Filled Compartments
Illegal aliens charged with gang-raping woman in Alabama
OAS Report Charts Drug Policy Scenarios
Illegal alien raped pre-teen girl in Washington, forced her to have abortion
Armando Torres, Ex-Marine, Kidnapped By Armed Men In Mexico: Family
Mexico Says U.S. Economy a Worry for Growth
Mexico’s New Strategy to Combat Drug Cartels: Evaluating the National Gendarmerie
Weak Global Economy And Fear Of Crime Turning Travelers Off To Mexico; Country No Longer In Top 10 Of Favored Holiday Destinations
Soldiers flood western Mexico to protect towns
Mexico launches military push to restore order in Michoacan state
British Columbia man, 22, believed kidnapped in Mexico
In Mexico, fears for democracy as threatened journalists curtail coverage
Ministering in brutal Altar, Mexico
“Altar’s cowboy priest baptizes babies, tends to injured migrants -and negotiates with deadly drug cartels”
US isn’t respecting meat labeling rules, Mexico says
Mexico debates opening its doors for shale development
Philip Morris to Buy Full Control of Mexican Unit
6 men shot dead at car lot in Mexico
Mexico opens chicken import quota after inflation spike
Mexico Reinvents Forced Disappearance
Mexico to create special police unit to search for the missing
Mexico Now A Latin American Leader In Tech Services
In a border town, a newspaper forced to be silent
VIDEO: In Mexico, journalists operate in danger
Few convictions for Mexico’s special prosecutor for crimes against journalists
(No surprise; impunity is the general rule in Latin America.)
Authorities Detain 8 Indians and 3 Dominicans in Honduras
The Spanish language article is from “Proceso” (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) and dated 5/22/13. It describes the arrest of a total of eleven citizens of India, eight of them near the city’s airport, three others elsewhere at a customs checkpoint, plus three from the Dominican Republic. All were illegally in Honduras. Fifty Asians have been arrested so far this month in Honduras, all illegally in that country.
Inside San Pedro Sula – the most violent city in the world
Authorities seize 406 kilograms of cocaine
Belize 2013 Crime and Safety Report
80% of Crimes Committed with Unregistered Guns in Honduras
Colombia on high alert following two weeks of attacks on the press
Video of Killing Crystallizes Bolivian Anger Over Crime
‘FARC’ Attacks Northern Colombian Oil Pipeline on 8 Locations
Venezuela aims to end toilet paper shortage-must read
Spanish couple kidnapped in Colombia
Protesters Hurl Firebombs as Chile Leader Speaks
Brazilian Armed Forces Initiate Border Operation
along the entire Brazilian border, which includes ten South American countries
Bolivia Coffee Production Declines, Coca Cultivation Goes Up
Peruvian Cocaine Best Value For Traffickers: Bolivia Police
Miners, teachers clash with Bolivian police during protests demanding higher old-age pensions
Chile Destination for Bolivian Cocaine Moved by ‘Mules’
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