Donald R. McClarey

Why Do We Honor Veterans?

  When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Their Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today  Inscription on the memorial to the dead of the British 2nd Division at Kohima   Sometimes simple questions can help illuminate great

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Donald R. McClarey

Resquiescat in Pace: Gemma Nuttall

Faithful readers of this blog  know my appreciation for courage.  Well, a very brave mom has died:     A woman who once decided to decline medical treatment for cancer while she was pregnant with her daughter, has died. Gemma

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Donald R. McClarey

Tom Burnett

Audie Murphy, the most decorated US soldier in World War II, always said he wasn’t a hero, and that the real heroes were the men who didn’t make it home.  Mike Rowe of Dirty Jobs gives us an example supporting

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Donald R. McClarey

Grace in the Face of Death

As faithful readers of this blog know, I am a great admirer of the virtue of courage.  Nowhere does this virtue shine brighter than when someone meets death with grace and hope:   Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts gives us

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Donald R. McClarey

Every Day Heroes

The Sutherland shootings showed humanity at its worst and at its best.  Rich Lowry points out the best:     The response by the two by-standers who refused to stand by is something else entirely. It was a characteristically small-town

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Donald R. McClarey

Quotes Suitable for Framing: CS Lewis

    Now this is a ticklish business. We have made men proud of most vices, but not of cowardice. Whenever we have almost succeeded in doing so, the Enemy permits a war or an earthquake or some other calamity,

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Donald R. McClarey

Give ’em Hell 54th!

The negroes fought gallantly, and were headed by as brave a colonel as ever lived.” – Confederate Lieutenant Iredell Jones, who observed the 54th’s fateful advance on Fort Wagner. In a Civil War mood lately because of current events.  The

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: William Shakespeare

    “A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once. It seems to me most strange that men should fear, seeing that death, a necessary end, will come when it will

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October 14, 1947: Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier

I was always afraid of dying.  Always.  It was my fear that made me learn everything I could about my airplane and my emergency equipment, and kept me flying respectful of my machine and always alert in the cockpit. Chuck

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John Wayne Catholics Throughout History

This, indeed, is probably one of the Enemy’s motives for creating a dangerous world – a world in which moral issues really come to the point. He sees as well as you do that courage is not simply one of

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The Pope, The Clown and The Cross

  (I originally posted this on September 28, 2009 and it has always been one of my favorites.  I am reposting it now since I assume many current readers of the blog have not read it, and, with the recent death

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Men Acting Like Men

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13   Remember these men who, sadly, are no longer with us:  Matt McQuinn, Jonathan Blunk, and Alex Teves.    One of the

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A Brave Kid And A Few Good Men

And when he goes to heaven To Saint Peter he will tell: Another Marine reporting, sir; I’ve served my time in hell! Epitaph on the grave of PFC Bill Cameron, (USMC), Guadalcanal, 1942 Go to Weasel Zippers here for an

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Blessed Bernard Lichtenberg and Courage

“Our wholehearted paternal sympathy goes out to those who must pay so dearly for their loyalty to Christ and the Church; but directly the highest interests are at stake, with the alternative of spiritual loss, there is but one alternative

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