Great harm has been done to us.
We have suffered great loss.
And in our grief and anger we have found
our mission and our moment.
-- President George W. Bush, September 2001
"Why stand we here idle? Is life so
dear or peace so sweet as to be
purchased at the price of chains and
slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God. I
know not what course others may
take, but as for me, give me liberty
or give me death!“
The Price of Freedom
Greater love hath no man than this, that a
man lay down his life for his friends.
This tribute is a celebration of the lives
of those who died for our freedom
and a celebration of that freedom.
The value of a life,
not many – just one –
Has been forgotten
until this cruel war is won.
Fighting an enemy
they never seem to see,
Soldiers risk their lives
so that free we may be
As the death toll rose, I wasn't concerned.
It didn't seem like a big deal
from what I had learned.
Compared to wars before,
the numbers seemed small,
Plus it was their choice to answer the call.
I know many soldiers, I love them so much.
They train, go to Iraq, come home and
They walk with such pride
it demands respect,
The fear behind those eyes,
you wouldn't expect.
The phone call came just the other day.
A soldier was coming home to stay.
This time it was different,
something wasn't right,
He had given up his life,
not given the chance to fight.
The casket was draped in the colors he loved,
For those colors he thanked God in heaven above.
You see understanding
in the eyes of every soldier you meet,
A piece is missing,
the puzzle will never again be complete.
Suddenly three thousand lives
become three thousand mothers,
Her child gave his life for the lives of others.
They lowered their baby into a grave,
He died for the Land of the Free
and the Home of the Brave.
by Susan Shinn
Thomas Jefferson on slavery
There is nothing I would not
sacrifice to a practicable plan of
abolishing every vestige of this
moral and political depravity.
No man is entitled to the
blessings of freedom
unless he be vigilant in its
John F. Kennedy
And so, my fellow Americans: ask
not what your country can do for you
—ask what you can do for your
My fellow citizens of the world—ask
not what America will do for you, but
what together we can do for the
freedom of man.