These words speak to the heart about Memorial Day. I thought I would share them with you. Here dead we lie because we did not choose to live and shame the land from which we sprung. Life to be sure, is nothing much to lose; But young men think it is, and we were young. By A.E. Housman and inscribed on a plaque honoring the men lost from the USMA Class of 1950, the plaque is located at the Korean Military Academy. "Oh, Stranger, Go tell America that here we lie, obedient to her orders" Rudy Jaramillo B 2-12 Calvary 1966 A Spartan. Executive Mansion, Washington, Nov. 21, 1864. Dear Madam,-- I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. Yours, very sincerely and respectfully, A. Lincoln 2Corinthians 1: 8-11 8 For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life; 9 indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves in order that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God that raises the dead; 10 who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us. He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us,11 you also joining in helping us through your prayers, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed upon us through the prayers of many.