Veterans’ Day

From The Victory Girls:

The Legacy of Trenton – Veterans Day 2013
by Kit Lange on November 11, 2013

It was Christmas, 1776.  The Continental Army, made up of unpaid volunteers with poor equipment and not enough winter clothing, was cold, hungry, and despairing.  Some of the troops did not even have shoes.  The ideas of self-government and liberty seemed worlds away, lost in a wintry conflict that the ragtag soldiers were certain to lose against the well-equipped and well-funded British.  There was a lack of morale, a lack of hope.  Many Continental soldiers were leaving as soon as their enlistments were up.  Some were even going over to the British side, sure that joining the enemy would at least keep them alive.

General George Washington had just crossed the icy Delaware River with 2,400 soaked, freezing volunteer soldiers.  A few days previously, he had ordered the newly-published words of Thomas Paine to be read to them.

“These are the times that try men’s souls; the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”

The words were not food; they could not be fired from a musket.  But they bolstered the morale of exhausted fighting men and helped them remember why they were putting their lives on the line.  Washington needed them to fight; the general was about to bet it all.

The rest at the link.

4 Comments

  1. Meanwhile, back in the real world, how the Republicans treat old soldiers:

    A 91 year old World War II veteran couldn’t be issued a voter ID card in Texas – he doesn’t drive, therefore doesn’t have a driver’s license, and the Republican legislature had passed a law requiring photo ID in order to get such a card. It was estimated at the time that 1 million out of the 13 million Texas voters had no such ID – including the elderly.

    This veteran was a
    - Winner of the Distinguished Flying Cross.
    - Former Member of the Texas House of Representatives.
    - Former Mayor of Weatherford, Texas.
    - Former Chairman of the League of Texas Municipalities.
    - 34 years a Member of the U.S. Congress.
    - Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, and third in line of succession to the U.S. presidency.

    http://www.star-telegram.com/2013/11/02/5300503/voter-id-law-snags-former-house.html#my-headlines-default?rh=1

    Fortunately for him, he has a personal assistant who can go through the rigmarole of obtaining all the bits necessary to cast a provisional vote. Other elderly who are not former Speakers of Congress do not, and therefore won’t be voting in Texas.

    As the Republican legislature wanted. Great way to honor your veterans, wingnuts – deny them the right to vote.

  2. Here’s the alleged Commander in Chief looking at a bright sunny day and here he has to spend it with dead people who died so he can be a pseudo passer-by president and probably thinking he could have been at least on the 11th hole at Andrews AFB. It’s such a shame public duties take from his private time which he probably believes it’s 24/7. Next thing, he’ll complain about that pesky failure called Obummer Care. And here’s the C-I-C that has fired 10 Generals in a little over a year. Such disdain. He should quit in shame.

    Hot Mic Catches Obama Dissing Veteran’s Day

    What a jerk. Can’t even take 5 minutes out of his golf schedule to show proper respect.
    Check it out:

    On Fox News’ airing of the wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, a disproving “Jesus” was overhead on a hot mic

    Watch the video, it’s when he enters the door.
    Read more at http://conservativebyte.com/2013/11/hot-mic-catches-obama-dissing-veterans-day/#3pexcJChyBO7238d.99

  3. Washington had the Charisma to lead a dispirited Army miles to raid Trenton when they could have revolted since they weren’t paid, fed properly, housed to look battle ready. Today, we have an alleged president who lets 4 people die in Benghazi, and draws a Red Line which turned out to be a yellow stripe. How far we have lowered ourselves.

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