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William J. FedererMemorial Day—from the American Minute

Guest Essay by William J. Federer

Southern women scattered spring flowers on the graves of both the Northern and Southern soldiers who died during the Civil War.

This was the origin of Memorial Day, which in 1868 was set on MAY 30.

In 1968, it was moved to the last Monday in May.

From the Spanish-American War, to World Wars I and II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, War against Islamic Terror, up through the present, all who gave their lives to preserve America's freedom are honored on Memorial Day.

Beginning in 1921, the tradition has been for Presidents to lay a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which is guarded 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The number 21 being the highest salute, the sentry takes 21 steps, faces the tomb for 21 seconds, turns and pauses 21 seconds, then retraces his steps.

Inscribed on the Tomb is the phrase:

"Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God."

In his 1923 Memorial Address, President Calvin Coolidge stated:

"There can be no peace with the forces of evil. Peace comes only through the establishment of the supremacy of the forces of good."
That way lies through sacrifice...'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Read On


Mark Alexander

In Memoriam: American Patriots

Guest Essay by Mark Alexander

"With hearts fortified with these animating reflections, we most solemnly, before God and the world, declare, that, exerting the utmost energy of those powers, which our beneficent Creator hath graciously bestowed upon us, the arms we have compelled by our enemies to assume, we will, in defiance of every hazard, with unabating firmness and perseverance employ for the preservation of our liberties; being with one mind resolved to die freemen rather than to live as slaves." -Declaration of the Cause and Necessity of Taking up Arms, July 6, 1775

Monday is Memorial Day, that exceptional day of each year all Patriots reserve to formally honor the service and sacrifice of generations of uniformed Patriots now departed -- Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who honored their sacred oaths "to support and defend" our Constitution and the liberty it enshrines. Read On

Calvin Coolidge "There are two fundamental motives which inspire human action. The first and most important, to which all else is subordinate, is that of righteousness….When that requirement is satisfied, the next motive is that of gain. These are the moral motive and the material motive. While in some particular instance they might seem to be antagonistic, yet always, when broadly considered or applied to society as a whole, they are in harmony. American institutions meet the test of these two standards. They are founded on righteousness, they are productive of material prosperity. They compel the loyalty and support of the people because such action is right and because it is profitable.

"McKinley. His name became the synonym for prosperity, and his policies came to represent increasing opportunity for employment, brought the highest rate of wages in the world, and great business expansion…The genius of this day was not altogether material. It had its spiritual side, deep and significant. The country sought prosperity that the people might be raised up. With the utmost reluctance it engaged in warfare, which it turned more to the advantage of others than itself. Prosperity came to the people that they might have the resources for more of the refinements of life, more for the needs of education and religion, more to minister to the things of the soul. Power came to the nation that it might better serve its own citizens and bear its share of the burden of civilization."

— from "The Destiny of America," by Calvin Coolidge, a Memorial Day Address, 1923.

Ben Gilmore

"And I Won't Forget the Men Who Died"

Guest Essay by Jerry Newcombe

On November 21, 1864, President Lincoln wrote to a Mrs. Bixby of Massachusetts, who had lost five sons in the Civil War.

He wrote her, “I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save.”

Then he added this beautiful prayer: “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.”

In his classic song, “Proud to be an American,” Lee Greenwood sings, “And I won’t forget the men who died who gave that right to me….” Yet it’s easy enough to forget that man or woman who gave that right to all of us.

Memorial Day is a good time for all Americans to give thanks for our hard-fought freedoms. Think of the bloody footprints in the snow at Valley Forge from our soldiers who endured that savage winter of 1777-1778. They did it for us. Jesus said it best, “No greater love has anyone than that he lay down his life for his friends.” But are we using this freedom well?  Read On

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Reconsidering John Locke

Book Review by Lee Duigon

John Locke, the philosopher who gave the world the formula of “life, liberty, and property”; adviser to noblemen and to a king; sometime political refugee; hailed as the inspiration for the Declaration of Independence.

Was he a Christian, or a deist?
Was he really the godfather of American independence, or a blind guide leading other blind men into a ditch?

In this meaty volume, the late Mary-Elaine Swanson (d. 2011) applied deep, extensive, and tightly-focused scholarship to demonstrate “how important Locke’s political ideas were-and still are-to a free people” (p. 5). The book is also a yeoman effort to rehabilitate Locke in the eyes of Christians with whom he has fallen out of favor.

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