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Remembering why they fell…

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Sixty-three years ago, on March 26, 1945, a young Jewish Rabbi with Fifth Marine Division at Iwo Jima gave an especially memorable memorial for the Division’s fallen comrades. This prayer made it into the Congressional Record, and now in this time, amongst all the heated rhetoric, repeating his majestic words seems only fitting. Here is just an excerpt and one upon which to give serious contemplation:

We dedicate ourselves, first to live together in peace the way they fought and are buried here in war. Here lie men who loved America because their ancestors generations ago helps in her founding, and other men who loved here with equal passion because they themselves or their own fathers escaped from oppression to her blessed shores. Here lie officers and men, Negroes and whites, rich men and poor… together. Here are Protestants, Catholics, and Jews… together. Here no man prefers another because of his faith or de­spises him because of his color. Here there are no quotas of how many from each group are admitted or allowed. Among these men is no discrimination. No prejudice. No hatred. Theirs is the highest and purest democracy. Any man among us, the living, who fails to understand that will thereby betray those who lie here dead. Whoever of us lifts his hand in hate against a brother, or thinks himself superior to those who happen to be in the minority, makes of this ceremony and of the bloody sacrifice it com­memorates, an empty, hollow mockery. To this, then, as our solemn, sacred duty, do we the living now dedicate ourselves: to the right of Protestants, Catholics, and Jews, of white men and Negroes alike, to enjoy the democracy for which all of them have here paid the price.

Written by Valerie Curl

August 24, 2010 at 1:39 PM

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    September 9, 2010 at 3:30 AM

  2. keep it real, iight


    September 9, 2010 at 6:44 PM

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