On this Memorial Day, a moving meditation on courage:
by Mary West Jorgensen
“Our history is studded with heroic names. These names compose a world
roster from which almost every nation may choose one and say: He is
ours! We produced the clan from which he sprung. See how he spells his
name! That is how his family spelled their name years ago, here, in this land.
“The tale of heroism runs true from Valley Forge to Gettysburg, from
the Argonne to Guadalcanal. How is it possible to select one and say
of him: He is the bravest of all?
“Therefore, I choose one who lies in Arlington beneath the inscription: ‘Here rests in honored glory, an American soldier, known but to God.’
“Of him we know three things: he was an American, he died for freedom,
he sleeps in the comfortable keeping of the Lord of Hosts.
“He is a symbol of heroic qualities, of the vision of Washington, of
the humanity of Lincoln, of the courage of MacArthur, of the faith of
Rickenbacker, of the sacrifice of Kelly. He is, moreover, a symbol of
the common man who dies daily in order that freedom may not perish
from the earth.”
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded every minute of every hour
of every day. Blessings upon those who keep this silent hero safe and
all those who have protected us and still stand watch to keep us safe
as well. Their tales are so important to share and remember.