Bob Kurland, Ph.D.

“In Honor of Our Fallen Heroes”

I was privileged to receive the email below from Larry Arnn, President of Hillsdale College, which contained a video, “In Honor of our  Fallen Heroes.”  On this Memorial Day, it deserves our attention.  It’s not a YouTube video, so I

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Donald R. McClarey

Fresno Patriotism

Heartwarming for a Memorial Day weekend:   A crowd at a high school softball championship game burst into song after the announcer said they wouldn’t be playing the national anthem Friday in In Fresno, California. According to Fresno Bee the stadium started booing

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Donald R. McClarey

American History: Memorial Day Weekend Movies

“When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today”               Inscription on the memorial to the dead of the British 2nd Infantry Division at Kohima. A few films to help remember that there is much greater

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Donald R. McClarey

1918 Decoration Day Proclamation of President Wilson

The American-born boys and the Greeks, Irish, Poles, Jews, and Italians who were in my platoon in the World War. A heap of them couldn’t speaker write the American language until they larned it in the Army. Over here in

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Quotes Suitable for Framing: Thornton Wilder

On Memorial Day I spent the morning working in my office.  Before returning home for lunch, I stopped to visit the grave of my son. Mount Olivet cemetery was beautiful with American flags marking the graves of the veterans.  It

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Memorial Day Pledge

It  is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us —  that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for  which they gave the last full measure of devotion —

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Battle Hymn of the Republic

  Something for the weekend.  I can think of no finer song for a Memorial Day weekend than The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

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Memorial Day Thoughts

Are you afraid of death? Well, I can’t say that I have any great affection for it. Look below you, my friend. For 70 years, I’ve watched the seasons change. I’ve seen the vibrant life of summer, the brilliant death

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Black Jack Logan and Memorial Day

Freedom is not only a gift, but also a summons to personal responsibility. Americans know this from experience — almost every town in this country has its monuments honoring those who sacrificed their lives in defense of freedom, both at

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Rocky Versace: The Bravest Man You Have Never Heard Of

(Republishing this from 2014.  I can think of no man whose life better exemplifies Memorial Day than the Rock’s.)  FOR THE ROCK and the children and sugar people of NamCan Dedication of the book The Fifteenth Pelican by Marie Teresa Rios

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Corpus Christi and Memorial Day

When Corpus Christi rolls around I always think of Saint Thomas Aquinas and his great eucharistic hymn Pange Lingua Gloriosi Corporis Mysterium written by Saint Thomas at the command of Pope Urban IV to celebrate the feast of Corpus Christi instituted by the Pope in

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Remember Them

“I never moved into combat without having the feeling of a cold hand reaching into my guts and twisting them both into knots.” Audie Murphy, most decorated American soldier of World War II Something for the weekend.  A section of

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British World War II Sub Found

An appropriate story for a Memorial Day weekend.   “It is 100 per cent the P311, as this was the only submarine with those very special characteristics that set it apart,” said Ms Pegararo.  “He went down Sunday with a go-pro on

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Remember: Movies For a Memorial Day Weekend

“When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today”               Inscription on the memorial to the dead of the British 2nd Infantry Division at Kohima. The upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, is

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Greater Than We Deserve

  Every now and then I come across something written by someone else that so perfectly encapsulates what I believe that it remains with me forever.  I suspect this piece written by David French at National Review Online will be

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Memorial Day: Our Poor Power to Add or Detract

Memorial Day is a legacy of the Civil War.  Approximately 640,000-750,000 American soldiers, sailors and marines, North and South,  died in that war.  Out of a population of  some 30,000,000, the death toll would be the equivalent of the US

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Martin Treptow’s Pledge

Martin August Treptow was a barber from Cherokee, Iowa.  Enlisting in the National Guard, during World War I his unit was called up and Treptow found himself in the 168th Infantry, part of the 42nd Division, called the Rainbow Division

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Memorial Day Pledge

When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today Inscription on the memorial to the dead of the British 2nd Infantry Division at Kohima.     On this Memorial Day I thought

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Hymn to the Fallen

It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. General George S. Patton   Something for a Memorial Day weekend.  Hymn to the Fallen by John Williams.

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Memorial Day: Why?

  Not long ago I heard a young man ask why people still kept up Memorial Day, and it set me thinking of the answer. Not the answer that you and I should give to each other-not the expression of

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Uncle Bill and Memorial Day

 When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today  Inscription on the memorial to the dead of the British 2nd Infantry Division at Kohima. War is an ugly thing, but not the

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Ronald Reagan on Memorial Day

Freedom is not only a gift, but also a summons to personal responsibility. Americans know this from experience – almost every town in this country has its monuments honoring those who sacrificed their lives in defense of freedom, both at

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Eternal Father

Something for the weekend.  Eternal Father seems very appropriate for a Memorial Day weekend, as we remember those who paid the ultimate price for the freedom we cherish.  Written in 1860 as a poem by William Whiting in England, the

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More Movies For a Memorial Day Weekend

  Last year I gave my top ten picks for movies for Memorial Day weekend.  Go here to read that post.  Here are more films, in no particular order as to merit, to help remember those who went into harm’s way

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Black Jack Logan and Memorial Day

Freedom is not only a gift, but also a summons to personal responsibility. Americans know this from experience — almost every town in this country has its monuments honoring those who sacrificed their lives in defense of freedom, both at

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Top Ten Films For Memorial Day Weekend

“When You Go Home, Tell Them Of Us And Say, For Your Tomorrow, We Gave Our Today”               Inscription on the memorial to the dead of the British 2nd Infantry Division at Kohima. The upcoming Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, is

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Enemies No Longer

The American Civil War was the bloodiest in our history, a total war of attrition waged on our own territory, which an at times none to congenial peace. It is, thus, all the more inspiring to read about the reunion

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Memorial Day 2009

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, let thy protection be upon all those who are in the service of our country; guard them from all harm and danger of body and soul; sustain and comfort those as home, especially in their

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