Monday, May 29, 2006
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our veterans and all those who currently serve in the United States military for their service and sacrifice to our country. Searching for the words to express the unbelievable amount of gratitude I and many in this country hold towards our veterans is as the Poet T.S. Eliot put it, "a raid on the inarticulate." Thus, let me barrow from one of the masters of language patriotism, the "Jimi Jendrix of the Spoken Word":
"There never has been, I suppose, in all the world, in all the history of war, such an opportunity for youth. The Knights of the Round Table, the Crusaders, all fall back into the past-not only distant but prosaic; these young men, going forth every morn to guard their native land and all that we stand for, holding in their hands these instruments of colossal and shattering power, of whom it may be said that
Every morn brought forth a noble chance
And every chance brought forth a noble knight,
deserve our gratitude, as do all the brave men who, in so many ways and on so many occasions, are ready, and continue ready to give life and all for their native land."
-Sir Winston Churchill
June 4th 1940