There is no reason to attempt to improve on perhaps the perfect Memorial Day speech, by President Ronald Reagan, May 31, 1982.
“Our first obligation to them and ourselves is plain enough. The United States and freedom for which it stands, the freedom of which they died must endure and prosper. Their lives remind us that freedom is not bought cheaply, it has a cost. It imposes a burden. And just as they, when we commemorate, were willing to sacrifice, so too must we, in a less final, less heroic, way be willing to give of ourselves. It is this beyond the controversy and the congressional debate, beyond the blizzard of budget numbers and the complexity of modern weapon systems that motivates us in our search for security and peace. War will not come again, other young men will not have to die if we will speak honestly of the dangers that confront us and remain strong enough to meet those dangers.”
Reagan gave his Memorial Day speech just as negotiations between the United States and the Soviet Union were about to begin.
“Our goal is peace. We can gain that peace by strengthening our alliances, by speaking candidly of the dangers before us, by assuring potential adversaries of our seriousness, by actively pursuing every chance of honest and fruitful negotiation.” -President Ronald Reagan
Listen and watch President Reagan deliver his speech here, and read it in its entirety here.
“Does that flag still wave over the land of the free and the home of the brave?”
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