Monday, August 21, 2006

roosevelt quote

This was on a banner at the entrance to the Indiana War Memorials Musuem, in Indianapolis. We were there on Sunday for Adam's graduation from his OCS class (which I'll talk about later).

This banner made me stop and ponder for a bit because it really sums up what, I think, being in the military means to a lot of these men and women.

They do something most of us could never do by serving in the armed forces, they sacrifice family, security and a lot of other things on the off chance that they will get to help someone just "be better".

As you walk through the musuem it starts at the beginning of our country basically and follows the conflicts up till the present day war in Iraq.

Several of the displays are about individuals in the armed forces who made a significant impact (most gave their lives) to the country and sometimes even world. And these are just people from Indiana.

It also made me question what I am doing to help others better their current situations. Is it everything I can bed? Is there something more?

This quote just hit me in such a way that I wanted to share it with you guys and I hope you can find some kind of special meaning in it too.


  1. Wow. Great quote.
    I'm always struck by the fact that there is such a great sense of idealism that is in the hearts of so many. As long as we can hold on to the idealism there is always a sense of hope and dreams.
    It is, sadly, very painful that often good things have to come as a result of war. There have been too many times in history when good had to fight against evil.
    And....thank God there have been people willing to put their lives on the line so that the sense of idealism we long for, and the goodness and hope we dream of, is kept alive.
    Regardless of what one feels about any particular war, those people who put their lives on the line for their country are, in my mind, heroes.

  2. Beautiful quote. Mr. Roosevelt always seemed to sum up everyting in a few eloquent words.

  3. you forgot the part where we laughed like idiots at horribly inapropriate time and couldn't stop.
    death stare people probably tell stories about us.