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Last Saturday, while visiting the National WWII Memorial, I was fortunate to meet some veterans from the Honor Flight Rochester. I wanted to share some of the photographs and some thoughts this morning.

“War is an ugly thing but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares about more than his personal safety; is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.”

— John Stuart Mill, English philosopher

And Thomas Paine said,

“These are the times that try men’s souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it Now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph.”

— Thomas Paine, The Crisis – December, 1776

Here are some photographs from last Saturday:

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Vietnam Veterans Memorial

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