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Veteran’s Day was one of Ronald Reagan’s favorite holidays. We sing his song of praise on this and every Veteran’s Day. His tribute on November 11, 1988 to honor our nation’s veterans at the newly opened Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial sang a song of love to our “Champions of a Noble Cause.” The following excerpts from his song of love bear repeating on this day of thanksgiving for our nation’s heroes and their families.
From an anonymous fallen soldier who wrote, shortly before his death,
“Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own. And take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind.”
As we embrace our gentle heroes today, let’s remember President Reagan’s words spoken so respectfully on Veterans’s Day in 1988,
“We remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause.”
Ronald Reagan’s tribute reminded us of the lesson we thought we had learned after the war in Vietnam. The war in Afghanistan has proven how quickly we forget the important lessons of our past:
“That young Americans must never again be sent to fight and die unless we are prepared to let them win.”
If only that lesson had been learned! It’s been forgotten in a few short years.
Our battles have taught us one unforgettable lesson. Those who serve sing us a song of a “living love:”
“For all of them, those who came back and those who did not, their love for their families lives. Their love for their buddies on the battlefields and friends back home lives. Their love of their country lives.”
Our nation is the proof of their love song,
“Our liberties, our values, all for which America stands is safe today because brave men and women have been ready to face the fire at freedom’s front.
And we thank God for them.”
Ronald Reagan’s tribute sings a loving chorus of thanks for the gifts our veterans have given us. Today, and everyday, America should be singing his song of love,
“We know how much we owe them, how much they’ve given us, and how much we can never fully repay. And not just as individuals but as a nation, we say we love you.”
Reagan’s tribute ended with a beautiful prayer for our veterans:
“Our young friends – yes, young friends, for in our hearts you will always be young, full of the love that is youth, love of life, love of joy, love of country – you fought for your country and for its safety and for the freedom of others with strength and courage. We love you for it. We honor you. And we have faith that, as He does all His sacred children, the Lord will bless you and keep you, the Lord will make his face to shine upon you and give you peace, now and forever more.”
CLICK HERE to hear Ronald Reagan’s tribute of love to our “Champions of a Noble Cause.”
CLICK HERE, for another song dedicated to our freedom fighters.
Thank you to all of our Champions of Liberty,
your beautiful song shall live in our hearts forever.