Lincoln Speaks to Denise Williams and to All of Us on Veterans Day


 Today is Veterans Day. The day we Americans honor our servicemen and servicewomen.  Liberty does not come without a price. It must be defended, and sacrifices must be made so that it is preserved. We ask this of every citizen. But we all know that in the end, it is our military to whom we owe the most for keeping us free.

We must not forget this. Not today or on any other day.  That Americans in uniform in far-flung lands have been grievously wounded and have given their lives for what we just did a week ago. To vote in a free election.

Nothing sinks in this idea so deeply than to hear of another casualty on the battlefield.   I read this morning the ChicagoNow blog(Our Newest Veterans) by Denise Williams who writes  movingly of  her own bereavement: a son in Afghanistan.  I mourn her loss, and honor the service of  her valiant son.

Perhaps no one expressed better what I feel for Denise and for all families who have lost their loved ones  in war  than President Lincoln who  wrote these undying  words of solace  to a Mrs. Bixby, whose five sons died "gloriously on the field of battle".

"I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom."


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