Memorial Day 2012

After the American Civil War, Memorial Day was first set up as a day to commemorate the fallen Union soldiers who died in the Civil War. It’s now a day to remember all who have died for the country—to protect the freedom, the land and the flag that all of us enjoy every day.

What does freedom mean to people?

What does America mean to people?

1)

If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter—George Washington

Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves—Abraham Lincoln

The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission—John F. Kennedy

The best road to progress is freedom’s road—John F. Kennedy

Someday, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe—George Washington

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty—Ronald Reagan

Today we did what we had to do. They counted on America to be passive. They counted wrong—Ronald Reagan

All great change in America begins at the dinner table—Ronald Reagan

My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth—Abraham Lincoln

Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy—Margaret Thatcher

The things that will destroy America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life—Theodore Roosevelt

2)

To me, to be a conservative means to conserve the good parts of America and to conserve our Constitution—Ron Paul

In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world—Barack Obama

America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home—Mitt Romney

America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings—Barack Obama

We still believe in the America that is a land of opportunity and a beacon of freedom. We believe in the America that challenges each of us to be better and bigger than ourselves—Mitt Romney

We reserve our deepest respect and admiration for those who volunteer for service and give their lives to help keep our nation secure—Mitt Romney

Sometimes I wonder whether Washington’s liberal politicians truly understand the greatness that is America—Mitt Romney

Our plans protect freedom and opportunity, and our blueprint is the Constitution of the United States—Mitt Romney

I want you to remember when our White House reflected the best of who we are, not the worst of what Europe has become—Mitt Romney

And the American people are the greatest people in the world. What makes America the greatest nation in the world is the heart of the American people: hardworking, innovative, risk-taking, God- loving, family-oriented American people—Mitt Romney

America is just downright mean—Michelle Obama

For the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally making a comeback—Michelle Obama (Feb 2008)

All this for a flag—Michelle Obama (Sept 11, 2011) (click here to play video)

3)

And finally, from the mind of a fifth-grader—my son in 2011:

            Freedom smells like…gunfire in an intense battle

            Freedom looks like…the American flag waving proudly in the wind

            Freedom sounds like…military aircraft soaring above

            Freedom feels like…a cool sea breeze blowing in

            Freedom tastes like…crunchy American fried chicken

 Ch3 Nguyen

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