Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.
“Love means to look at yourself
The way one looks at distant things
For you are only one thing among many.”
– Czeslaw Milosz
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“We need to maintain an adequate military force in peacetime for deterrence, assurance and war fighting”
Colonel Harry Summers USA Ret.
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For those of you who don’t know, Washington DC has a US Army Post honoring LTG Lesley J. Mcnair who was killed on the front lines in France.
On July 25, 1994, the United States Senate honored LTG Lesley J. McNair in the chambers of the Senate in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of his death. The following is a transcript of the Senate proceedings.
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“The better part of one’s life consists of his friendships.”
- Abraham Lincoln
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“If you shut up truth and bury it under the ground, it will but grow, and gather to itself such explosive power that the day it bursts through it will blow up everything in its way.”
― Émile Zola
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A National Cemetery is Declared
On 15 JUNE 1864 Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton designated 200 acres of the Custis-Lee estate as a national cemetery. The 1,100 acres were owned by Mary Custis who married Robert E. Lee. And on this day a portion of the estate welcomed those who have served in the United States military. The rolling hills would soon be the final resting place for the many who were fighting in the United States Civil War. Who knew what the future would hold for these acres.
The first burials began just a month earlier when PVT William Christman was laid to rest on May 13th. His final resting place is now in Section 27 of Arlington National Cemetery. The location is quite far from where Quartermaster General Montgomery Meigs initially wanted the burials to occur – right around Mary Custis’ rose garden, just south of the mansion. On June 15, 1864 Meigs officially gave the orders to continue his mission to bury the dead near the mansion. Though the burials would continue among the newly designated acres. James Parks dug the first graves for these burials to occur.
The First Tomb of the Unknowns
It was dedicated in September 1866 and sits between the rose garden of Mary Custis Lee and the original amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery. The Tomb to the Civil War Unknowns was constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers at the direction of General Meigs. A pit was dug that was about 20 feet deep and 20 feet around. The walls and bottom were brick-lined and compartments were made with mortared brick walls. Each compartment was to hold different body parts. Unknowns were collected from the battlefield of Bull Run and route along the way as the troops retreated to the Rappahannock. The remains of 2,111 Union and Confederate dead were collected and enclosed inside before it was sealed with concrete and dirt. Meigs designed a centagraph to sit on top of the tomb. On one side of the tomb are inscribed the words below:
BENEATH THIS STONE
REPOSE THE BONES OF TWO THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND ELEVEN UNKNOWN SOLDIERS
GATHERED AFTER THE WAR
FROM THE FIELDS OF BULL RUN, AND THE ROUTE TO THE RAPPAHANNOCK,
THEIR REMAINS COULD NOT BE IDENTIFIED. BUT THEIR NAMES AND DEATHS ARE
RECORDED IN THE ARCHIVES OF THEIR COUNTRY, AND ITS GRATEFUL CITIZENS
HONOR THEM AS OF THEIR NOBLE ARMY OF MARTYRS. MAY THEY REST IN PEACE.
SEPTEMBER. A. D. 1866.
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A monument is an expressive symbol. A good one, looked at for even a few minutes will remain in memory for years or even for one’s entire lifetime. Monuments are the milestones in a nation’s history — they will not allow other systems and governments to destroy the core values of a national culture.
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The Confederate Memorial within Arlington National Cemetery turned 100 on June 4, 2014.
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It’s MAY 30th. It’s the Traditional Memorial Day – once known as “Decoration Day” as declared by MG John A. Logan in 1868
The Lincoln Memorial is visited each year by over 4 million people. Its grand location on the western end of the National Mall is a fitting place for this memorial to the 16th President of the United States of America.
The memorial was proposed several times and likewise the location. Construction began on the Lincoln Memorial on February 12, 1914 after many obstacles. President William Howard Taft had been named president of the Lincoln Memorial Commission
The completion of the memorial construction took until 1922….
MAY 30, 1922 – It was on this day that the dedication of this well deserved memorial occurred
and then Chief Justice William Howard Taft presented President Warren Harding the newly completed memorial.