Memorial Day 2011

Morning Breaks on Arlington – a poem by Orrin Hatch

Morning breaks on Arlington
Warmed by rays of golden sun
And all who pause in homage there
Feel a soft hush in the air

Those who love their liberty
Bow the head and bend the knee
And from their hearts they breathe a silent prayer
“Thank God for those who rest in honor there”

The lush green grass at Arlington
Shimmers in the morning sun
As pure white crosses seem to glow
Sentinels in perfect rows

Everyone who lives and breathes
Wonders at the sight of these
Who gave to us a gift beyond compare
“Thank God for those who rest in honor there.”

Home of the eternal flame
Of humble heroes without name
Whose graves are guarded day and night
Keeping memory burning bright

Those who gave so much for us
Bravely said, “In God We Trust”
Now they are safe in His eternal care
“Thank God for those who rest in honor there”

Our nation’s flag now takes the breeze
Waving over all of these
And heaven smiles upon each silent one
As morning softly breaks on Arlington.

Freedom is never free.

Freedom is a constant struggle. It is never a given.

Now more than it has been in generations.

And it needs you to join the fight to preserve it.

We may be tossed upon an ocean where we can see no land — nor, perhaps, the sun or stars. But there is a chart and a compass for us to study, to consult, and to obey. That chart is the Constitution. – Daniel Webster

“If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” – Samuel Adams

The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not. – Thomas Jefferson

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.
– Thomas Jefferson

If we can prevent the government from wasting the labor of the people, under the pretense of caring for them, they will be happy.– Thomas Jefferson

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious.-Thomas Jefferson

Political Cartoons by Michael Ramirez

Political Cartoons by Bob Gorrell

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