quotes tagged with 'soldier'

It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag,
who serves under the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.

Author: Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in sacrifice war soldier lawyer poet flag EDS reporter 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Unselfishly, you left your fathers and your mothers,
You left behind your sisters and your brothers.
Leaving your beloved children and wives,
You put on hold, your dreams—your lives.

On foreign soil, you found yourself planted
To fight for those whose freedom you granted.
Without your sacrifice, their cause would be lost
But you carried onward, no matter the cost.

Many horrors you had endured and seen.
Many faces had haunted your dreams.
You cheered as your enemies littered the ground;
You cried as your brothers fell all around.

When it was over, you all came back home,
Some were left with memories to face all alone;
Some found themselves in the company of friends
As their crosses cast shadows across the land.

Those who survived were forever scarred
Emotionally, physically, permanently marred.
Those who did not now sleep eternally
‘Neath the ground they had given their lives to keep free.

With a hand upon my heart,
I feel The pride and respect; my reverence is revealed
In the tears that now stream down my upturned face
As our flag waves above you, in her glory and grace.

Freedom was the gift that you unselfishly gave
Pain and death was the price that you ultimately paid.
Every day, I give my utmost admiration
To those who had fought to defend our nation.

Author: Anonymous, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in liberty freedom war soldier patriot military poem anonymous ultimatesacrifice 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

I don't know what they'll put him at, or what his post may be;
I cannot guess the task that waits for him across the sea,
But I have known him through the years, and when there's work to do,
I know he'll meet his duty well, I'll swear that he'll be true.

I sometimes fear that he may die, but never that he'll shirk;
If death shall want him death must go and take him at his work;
This splendid sacrifice he makes is filled with terrors grim,
And I have many thoughts of fear, but not one fear of him.

The foe may rob my life of joy, the foe may take my all,
And desolate my days shall be if he shall have to fall.
But this I know, whate'er may be the grief that I must face,
Upon his record there will be no blemish of disgrace.

His days have all been splendid days, there lies no broken trust
Along the pathway of his youth to molder in the dust;
Honor and truth have marked his ways, in him I can be glad;
He is as fine and true a son as ever a father had.

Author: Edgar Guest, Source: A Father's TributeSaved by ImaWriterIII in war soldier father poem son EDS edgarguest 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Always keep your clothes and your weapons where you can find them in the dark.

Author: Robert Heinlein, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in weapons war soldier robertheinlein EDS warrior 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

Having to do it for the first time in combat is a chastening experience, it gives a man religion.

Author: Maj-General J.M. Gavin, Source: after his first combat paradrop 1944Saved by ImaWriterIII in soldier military EDS paratrooper parachute jmgavin 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The ultimate determinant in war is a man on the scene with a gun. This man is the final power in war. He is control, he determines who wins. There are those who would dispute this as an absolute, but it is my belief that while other means may critically influence war today, after whatever devastation and destruction may be inflicted on an enemy, if the strategist is forced to strive for final and ultimate control, he must establish, or must present as an inevitable prospect, a man on the scene with a gun. This is the Soldier.

Author: Rear Admiral J.C. Wylie, USN, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in gun war soldier military infantry jcwylie 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to have its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards.

Author: Sir William Francis Butler, Source: UnknownSaved by ImaWriterIII in soldier statesman scholar fools cowards williamfrancisbutler 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

A soldier is called sometimes to fight, sometimes to die, but always to suffer.

Author: Douglas MacArthur, Source: "Reminiscences"Saved by ImaWriterIII in sacrifice fight war douglasmacarthur suffer soldier death 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]

The soldier, above all men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training [sacrifice]. In battle, in the face of danger and death, he discloses those divine attributes which his Maker gave when He created man in His own image. No physical courage and no brute instinct can take the place of divine help that alone can sustain him. However horrible the instances of war may be, the soldier who is called upon to offer and to give his life for his country, is the noblest development of mankind.

Author: Douglas MacArthur, Source: "Reminiscences," page 424Saved by ImaWriterIII in sacrifice war danger douglasmacarthur character battle courage soldier death 9 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The whole world is in the midst of a war that seems the worst of all time. This Church is a worldwide church. Its devoted members are in both camps. They are the innocent war instrumentalities of their warring sovereignties. On each side they believe they are fighting for home and country and freedom. On each side, our brethren pray to the same God, in the same name, for victory. Both sides cannot be wholly right; perhaps neither is without wrong. God will work out in His own due time and in His own sovereign way the justice and right of the conflict, but He will not hold the innocent instrumentalities of the war, our brethren in arms, responsible for the conflict. This is a major crisis in the world-life of man. God is at the helm.
Author: First Presidency, Source: http://www.lds.org/pa/display/0,17884,4889-1,00.htmlSaved by cboyack in church war sovereignty soldier murder innocent 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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