A grave price is being paid every moment of every day of the year for all the freedom America has to offer. Let us not forget those who have fought or are fighting for our nation; they are the epitome of the human spirit called freedom!
Embrace the Past, Empower the Present, Enrich the Future
“History is a mighty dramos, enacted upon the theatre of times, with suns for lamps and eternity for a background.”
—Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881)
AWAKENINGS FROM THEN 'TIL NOW
What is life without history? Isn’t life itself history in the making? Every word we say, everything we do, becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history to be boring, think again; it is who we are, what we do, and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds, but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.
Our life’s blood stems from our fathers whose fathers’ fathers lived and died to make this country free. And their mothers endured pain and suffering beyond our imaginations. Do we just accept life and look only unto ourselves as mere individuals, or do we examine our ancestry and learn from experiences deemed successes as well as failures?
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“It is the calling of great men, not so much to preach new truths, as to rescue from oblivion those old truths which it is our wisdom to remember and our weakness to forget.”
—Sydney Smith (1771–1845)
Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers
Lived and died laying a firm foundation
Blood, sweat, tears, labors, even fears
Paved the way for future innovation
Generation upon generation
Of caregivers and caretakers
Ensure longevity of our nation
From carpenters to boot makers
Vivid stories and recollections
Allow us to peer into the past
Sense the emotion, discern the pain
Echoing memories to last and last
Past events dominate present-day life
Through traditions, beliefs and religions
Surviving countless ravages of time
Regardless of conflicts and afflictions
Turn the page, awaken to timeless treasures from then ’til now.
Embrace the past, empower the present, enrich the future
See yourself not as an isolated individual
But part of a thread binding life together like a suture
Begin your footsteps…