“I am oppressed with a sense of the impropriety of uttering words on this occasion. If silence is ever golden, it must be here, beside the graves of fifteen thousand men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem, the music of which can never be sung. With words we make promises, plight faith, praise virtue. Promises may not be kept, plighted faith may be broken, and vaunted virtue be only the cunning mask of vice. We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke: but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue.”
Gen. James A. Garfield
Nurse. This stone really got me. Thank you Jessie Outerbridge.
These kids are our future. Someday they will be our voters, our leaders, our heroes. Let’s teach them now about sacrifice and gratitude. We can make a better future by showing them today.
Tomorrow, amidst your fun Memorial Day shenanigans, take a minute and just be quiet and think about these stones and what they mean. And maybe talk to your kids about it too.