With what execration should the statesman be loaded, who permitting one half the citizens thus to trample on the rights of the other, transforms those into despots, and these into enemies, destroys the morals of the one part, and the amor patriae of the other — Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia Q.XVII, 1782. ME 2:

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Choice Grain into the Wilderness

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President Calvin Coolidge at the Tomb of the Unknowns, 1924

President Calvin Coolidge at the Tomb of the Unknowns, 1924

American Minute from William J. Federer

In his Memorial Day Address, MAY 31, 1923, President Calvin Coolidge said:

“Settlers came here from mixed motives…

“Generally defined, they were seeking a broader freedom.

“They were intent upon establishing a Christian commonwealth in accordance to the principle of self-government…

“It has been said that God sifted the nations that He might send choice grain into the wilderness.”

Calvin Coolidge continued:

“They had a genius for organized society on the foundations of piety, righteousness, liberty, and obedience of the law…

“Who can fail to see in it the hand of destiny? Who can doubt that it has been guided by a Divine Providence?”

At the Memorial Day Ceremony, MAY 31, 1993, President Bill Clinton remarked:

“The inscription on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier says that he is ‘Known only to God.’ But that is only partly true.

“While the soldier’s name is known only to God, we know a lot about him.

“We know he served his country, honored his community, and died for the cause of freedom.

“And we know that no higher praise can be assigned to any human being than those simple words…

“In the presence of those buried all around us, we ask the support of all Americans in the aid and blessing of God Almighty.”


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