RE: [Slovak-World] A Memorial Day refletion (a bit lengthy, but worth reading)
- That was powerful!>
From: Fred G Kovalyak [mailto:fkovalyak@...]
Sent: Sunday, May 30, 2004 5:29 PM
Subject: [Slovak-World] A Memorial Day refletion (a bit lengthy, but
> > > Every Memorial Day, my sister, Marilyn, and IFrom Secretary Powell on Memorial Day
> > > put on our Sunday best and accompany our parents
> > > Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx to visit the
> > > of family members. Like all kids, my sister and
> > > were happy to have the day off from school, and
> > > can't say we were in a solemn frame of mind. But
> > > taking part in that annual rite of remembrance
> > > me my first sense of the importance of honoring
> > > those who have gone before.
> > >
> > > I grew up and chose a soldier's life. I lost
> > > friends in war. Later, I commanded young men and
> > > women who went willingly into harm's way for our
> > > country, some never to return. A day doesn't
> > > that I don't think of them. Paying homage to the
> > > fallen holds a deeply personal meaning for me
> > > for anyone who ever wore a uniform.
> > >
> > > In 1990, when I was chairman of the Joint Chiefs
> > > Staff, I took my Soviet counterpart, Gen.
> > > Moiseyev, around the United States. I wanted to
> > > him a better understanding of what America is
> > > about. We started in Washington, D.C. I
> > > wanted to take him to the Vietnam Veterans
> > > Memorial.
> > >
> > > But I didn't take him there directly. First, I
> > > him to the Jefferson Memorial. I pointed out a
> > > passage from the Declaration of Independence
> > > into its curved wall. All who have served in our
> > > armed forces share its sentiment. "And for the
> > > support of this Declaration," Jefferson wrote,
> > > we mutually pledge our lives, our fortunes, and
> > > sacred honour." Then I asked the general to look
> > > Above the statue of Jefferson, in 2-foot-high
> > > letters on the base of the monument's dome, is
> > > inscription: "I have sworn upon the altar of God
> > > eternal hostility against every form of tyranny
> > > the mind of man."
> > >
> > > Here, I said, you see the foundation of America,
> > > nation where "We hold these truths to be
> > > self-evident, that all men are created equal,
> > > they are endowed by their Creator with certain
> > > unalienable Rights." I told the general that
> > > Washington, Jefferson and all our Founding
> > > Americans of every generation are ready to fight
> > > die for those unalienable rights.
> > >
> > > Then, to show Gen. Moiseyev the kind of
> > > Americans are willing to make, I took him to the
> > > Lincoln Memorial, where Lincoln's words at
> > > Gettysburg are engraved. There, Lincoln said we
> > > fought the bloodiest war in our history so our
> > > nation "shall have a new birth of freedom" and
> > > "government of the people, by the people, for
> > > people shall not perish from the earth." I
> > > Gen. Moiseyev to see how sacred those words are
> > > Americans.
> > >
> > > I showed the general the final lines of
> > > second inaugural address: "With malice toward
> > > with charity for all; with firmness in the
> right, as
> > > God gives us to see the right, let us strive on
> > > finish the work we are in; to bind up the
> > > wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the
> > > battle, and for his widow, and his orphan..."
> > >
> > > I then walked the general part of the way down
> > > Lincoln Memorial's steps to the place from which
> > > Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have a
> > > Dream" speech. I explained that the unfinished
> > > of which Lincoln spoke was still unfinished a
> > > century later, so from the very spot on which we
> > > stood, King challenged his fellow Americans to
> > > the promise of our Founding Fathers come true
> > > all Americans.
> > >
> > > Only now was I ready to take Gen. Moiseyev to
> > > Vietnam memorial. We walked the short distance
> > > the Lincoln Memorial to the Wall. I showed the
> > > general how to find someone's name on it. I
> > > up Maj. Tony Mavroudis. Tony and I had grown up
> > > together on the streets of New York. We went to
> > > college together. We became infantrymen
> > > And in 1967, on his second tour of duty in
> > > Tony was killed. The memorial book directed us
> > > Panel 28 East, and there we found ANTONIO M
> > > MAVROUDIS carved into the black granite. It was
> > > emotional moment for me, and not just for me.
> > > Moiseyev reached out gently and touched the
> > > The infantryman in him understood.
> > >
> > > Thankfully, our forces no longer face the
> > > of war with the Soviet Union. Today, we are
> > > cooperating with Russia's evolving democracy and
> > > with other former foes against 21st-century
> > > common to us all. Today's deadly threats come
> > > rogue powers and stateless networks of
> > > who have nothing but contempt for the sanctity
> > > human life and for the principles civilized
> > > hold dear.
> > >
> > > I do not know or care what terrorists and
> > > make of our monuments to democracy and the
> > > we dedicate to our dead. What's important is
> > > the monuments and memorials say to us. They can
> > > teach us much about the ideas that unite us in
> > > diversity, the values that sustain us in times
> > > trial, and the dream that inspires generation
> > > generation of ordinary Americans to perform
> > > extraordinary acts of service. In short, our
> > > monuments and memorials tell us a great deal
> > > America's commitment to life, liberty and the
> > > pursuit of happiness for all.
> > >
> > > The haunting symbolism of the 168 empty chairs
> > > the Oklahoma City National Memorial, the
> > > heartbreaking piles of shoes in the U.S.
> > > Memorial Museum, the carefully tended headstones
> > > bearing crosses, crescents and Stars of David
> > > standing row-on-row in Arlington and our other
> > > national cemeteries - all speak to the value we
> > > place on human life.
> > >
> > > The Vietnam Women's Memorial of the three
> > > servicewomen and the wounded GI; the Korean War
> > > Veterans Memorial's haggard, windblown patrol
> > > trudging up the rugged terrain; and the memorial
> > > the flag-raising on Iwo Jima do not glorify war
> > > they testify to the glory of the human spirit.
> > >
> > > The Civil War battlefields and the monument in
> > > Boston to Robert Gould Shaw and his 54th
> > > Massachusetts Regiment of Negro soldiers who
> > > together into the jaws of death for the cause of
> > > justice tell us of the price past generations
> > > paid so we might live in a more perfect union.
> > > remind us also of the work our generation must
> > >
> > > This Memorial Day weekend, we will join in
> > > celebrating the opening of the National World
> War II
> > > Memorial honoring the great generation of
> > > who saved the world from fascist aggression and
> > > secured the blessings of liberty for hundreds of
> > > millions of people around the world.
> > >
> > > Today, their descendants are fighting the global
> > > against terrorism, serving and sacrificing in
> > > Afghanistan and Iraq and at other outposts on
> > > front lines of freedom. The life of each and
> > > one of them is precious to their loved ones and
> > > our nation. And each life given in the name of
> > > liberty is a life that has not been lost in
> > >
> > > In time, lasting memorials will stand where the
> > > Towers once etched New York City's skyline, near
> > > west side of the Pentagon, and in the
> > > field where doomed heroes died on Sept. 11,
> > > using their last moments to save the lives of
> > > and most probably the Capitol or the White House
> > > symbols of our living democracy.
> > >
> > > All of us lead busy lives. We have little time
> > > pause and reflect.
> > >
> > > But I ask of you: Do not hasten through Memorial
> > > Day. Take the time to remember the good souls
> > > memories are a blessing to you and your family.
> > > your children to our memorial parks and
> > > Teach them the values that lend meaning to our
> > > and to the life of our nation. Above all, take
> > > time to honor our fellow Americans who have
> > > their last full measure of devotion to our
> > > and for the freedoms we cherish.
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- I merely presented a suggestion to limit the amount of money that is
spent on campaigns for elective office to eliminate the effect of
"buying" an office such as we have in the current system. It does not
affect free speech, merely the amount of money spent. I am sure that the
news media will still report what the candidates say. One possibility to
limit the number of candidates is to permit that amount to be spent in
primary elections and then again in the general election. I'm sure the
questions that you (and others) raise can be addressed and resolved.
President Bush has raised some $200,000,000 for his primary campaign and
can still raise money until the Republican Convention. Once the
Convention is over, he will receive $74,000,000 in public money (our
taxes) to spend for the general election. There is something definitely
wrong with a system which allows a candidate to spend $1.00 for each
person in the United States. This does not include what the other
party's candidate can spend. There simply has to be a better way.
William F. Brna
On Tue, 1 Jun 2004 07:25:19 -0400 "gergely" <gergely@...> writes:
> That's good Brna.
> Who will decide who are legitimate candidates to be bestowed with
> the free
> time on "peoples" airwaves? Or will anyone wishing to become
> presiden get
> the free time. That sure should solve the problem of TV programming
> overloaded with Olympics on elecetion years. And, who will decide
> when the
> campaign money was spent by the candidates, or by others, not
> connected to the campaign, but are still interested parties? Isn't
> there an
> ammendment somewhere in the Constitution that guarantees free
> Jack Gergely
> -----Original Message-----
> From: William F Brna [mailto:wfbrna@...]
> Sent: Monday, May 31, 2004 10:28 AM
> To: Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Re: [Slovak-World] A Memorial Day refletion (a bit lengthy,
> worth reading)
> It's not likely that any of us will live long enough to see the
> demise of
> political parties, but there are ways to lessen the influence of
> interests. One is for genuine campaign money reform such as
> limiting the
> amount that may be spent to be elected to political office to the
> of salary earned while serving in that office. For example, the
> president's salary is $400,000 per year for four years meaning that
> candidate for president could spend only $1,600,000 for his
> Since only a limited amount of money could be spent, the campaign
> necessarily need to be limited to only a short time (e.g., four or
> weeks). Further, since the people own the airwaves, television
> would be required to provide free time for all candidates for two
> to spell out the candidates' positions. This is about as likely to
> happen as for the political parties to go belly up.
> William F. Brna
> On Mon, 31 May 2004 05:43:15 -0700 (PDT) Fred G Kovalyak
> alyak@...> writes:
> > I hope I live long enough to see the day that we
> > wont have a Democrat or Republican Party or anyother
> > party but have INDIVIDUAL's as candidates being
> > mmembers of Congress and our President.
> > And the KICKER, no one could accept money from
> > special interests.
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