pwylie Posted July 4, 2010 Share Posted July 4, 2010 "Only those who are fit to live who do not feat to die, and none are fit to die who have shrunk from the joy of life. Both life and death are parts of the same Great Adventure. Never yet was worthy adventure worthily carried through by them the man who put his personal safety first. Pride is the portion only of those who know bitter sorrow or the foreboding of bitter sorrow. But all of us who give service, and stand ready for sacrifice, are the torchbearers. We run with the torches until we fall, content if we can then pass them to the hands of the other runners. The torches whose flame is brightest are borne by the gallant men at the front. By the gallant women whose husbands and lovers, whose sons and brothers are at the front. These men are high of soul, as they face their fate on the shell-shattered earth or in the skies above or in the waters beneath; and no less high of soul are the women with torn hearts and shinning eyes, the girls whose boy-lovers have been struck down in their golden morning, and the mothers and wives to whom the word has been brought that henceforth they must walk in the shadow. These are the torch-bearers; these are they who have dared the Great Adventure." ____ Theodore Roosevelt, a tribute to his son, fallen in WWI, France. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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