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Lest we Forget - those who gave so much that we might be free.

America is not just the most beautiful land on Earth; it's an idea, an ideal, a feeling. It's the veterans of "the greatest generation" and those who waited for them at home. It's the coaches of the 5 year-old football team. It's fans cheering as a major league record is tied by an opposing player. It's the freedom to express ourselves and our ideas, no matter how crazy or off-the-wall. It's the right to worship any way we want - or not at all.

America is people waiting in line for hours to donate blood in California for people 3,000 miles away. It's people giving hundreds of millions of dollars to victims of an atrocity a continent away. It's men and women, red, black, white, yellow and brown working together in an office and thinking nothing of it.

It's a dream and a fulfillment. A child and an octagenarian enjoying each other's company. A place where yesterday and tomorrow are both valued and protected; where our yesterdays don't tie up our tomorrows.

We have our faults, everyone does, but we have the right to those flaws as well. The majority rules, but the individual is more important than the "common good".

America is a picnic in the park; a parade to celebrate life, not death; opposing points of view meeting in peaceful (although noisy) protest on a street corner; a man walking on the moon and a premature baby's chance at life.

I'm proud to be an American - just one of the masses, but one just the same.

But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate. . .we cannot consecrate. . . we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

Abraham Lincoln - Gettysburg address


A historical radio broadcast

NASA's technical version of the flag
Ground Zero - New York City

The Hand of providence has been so conspicuous in all this, that he must be worse than an infidel that lacks faith, and more than wicked, that has not gratitude enough to acknowledge his obligations.

George Washington - 1778

World Trade Center - 2001

God Bless America

I'm reminded of something I heard a man say on the radio Wednesday morning: that it's important that we save Americans, but also important that we save America.

Leonard Pitts - Miami Herald 9/13/2001

 


Ray Foster Anderson
1919-1994

Dedicated to my personal hero, my father. One of the many who did return.



He lived to share his country with his family and his posterity.

Words to Johnny Cash's "Ragged Old Flag".

Sorry, I can only put up the words. The music is about 2+Gigabytes, and Geocities has complained about exceeding my download limits. The recording's out of print, so you might have to go to a NAPSTER clone - I don't condone that, but sometimes it's necessary. If you have a chance to get a legitimate copy, please do so.

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