Just think of all the freedoms we enjoy … every day …
We should pause … every day … to think about … to remember … to appreciate … to honor … to pay our deepest respect and gratitude … To carefully consider …
What this freedom cost.
We begin a new video series entitled
“The Price for Freedom.”
We will feature videos from a variety of sources, and will attempt to give every credit for their source.
Our first video features a Memorial Day speech from President Ronald Reagan, supplying our banner for the series:
“The price for this freedom has been high … but we have never been unwilling to pay that price.”
Included in the speech was an emotional reading of “The Pledge,” sometimes called “The Warriors Pledge” or “The Soldiers Pledge,” which was discovered in the diary of fallen soldier Martin A. Treptow.
Here is the exact text, written on the flyleaf of the
young soldier’s diary:
America must win this war
I will work
I will save
I will sacrifice
I will endure
I will fight cheerfully
and do my utmost
as if the issue of the whole struggle
depended on me alone.
“We must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women … It is a weapon that we as Americans do have … Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism, and prey upon their neighbors … They will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the American people. We will negotiate for it … sacrifice for it … We will not surrender for it … Now or ever …
We are Americans”
President Ronald Reagan