(I did not have a chance to post this yesterday. Sorry.)
“And the turtles, of course…all the turtles are free As turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.” (from Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss)
In 1776, fifty-six men did a brave thing when they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to say, “Don’t tread on me!” Because of them, generations of their descendents and the descendents of the weary travelers that came after them have known nothing but liberty all their lives. We have sometimes given away rights that they gave everything to secure. May we find the courage, when needed, to resurrect the old banner “Give me liberty or give me death.” And more than anything, may we stand firm and breathe freely in the liberty secured for us more than two thousand years ago by a man who died for us all.
Our hearts go out to the families whose remembrance today is not national, but personal. And although I did not quote from it today, I recommend The Man Who Walked Between The Towers by Mordicai Gerstein.