Monday, September 11, 2006

Lest We Forget

"...For each of us who wants to live in happiness and give happiness, there's another different sort of person wanting to take it away.

"Those people always manage to have their say, and Mars is always close at hand. We know how to win wars. We must learn how to win peace. Make the world accept peace whether they damn well like it or not. Here is the dove, and here is the bayonet.

"If we ever have a son, I don't want him to go through this again, but I want him powerful enough that no one will be fool enough to touch him.

"He and America should be strong as hell and kind as Christ."

--Lieutenant Thomas Meehan, 101st Airborne Division, May 26, 1944, in a letter to his wife eleven days before D-Day. He died just after midnight on June 6, when his plane was shot down over Normandy by German antiaircraft fire.

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