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Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It's a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It's a day to be with the family and remember.
I was thinking this morning that across the country children and their parents will be going to the town parade and the young ones will sit on the sidewalks and wave their flags as the band goes by. Later, maybe, they'll have a cookout or a day at the beach. And that's good, because today is a day to be with the family and to remember.
Arlington, this place of so many memories, is a fitting place for some remembering. So many wonderful men and women rest here, men and women who led colorful, vivid, and passionate lives. There are the greats of the military: Bull Halsey and the Admirals Leahy, father and son; Black Jack Pershing; and the GI's general, Omar Bradley. Great men all, military men. But there are others here known for other things.
Here in Arlington rests a sharecropper's son who became a hero to a lonely people. Joe Louis came from nowhere, but he knew how to fight. And he galvanized a nation in the days after Pearl Harbor when he put on the uniform of his country and said, "I know we'll win because we're on God's side." Audie Murphy is here, Audie Murphy of the wild, wild courage. For what else would you call it when a man bounds to the top of a disabled tank, stops an enemy advance, saves lives, and rallies his men, and all of it single-handedly. When he radioed for artillery support and was asked how close the enemy was to his position, he said, "Wait a minute and I'll let you speak to them." [Laughter]
Michael Smith is here, and Dick Scobee, both of the space
shuttle Challenger. Their courage wasn't wild, but thoughtful, the mature and
measured courage of career professionals who took prudent risks for great
reward—in their case, to advance the sum total of knowledge in the world.
They're only the latest to rest here; they join other great explorers with
names like Grissom and Chaffee.
Oliver Wendell Holmes is here, the great jurist and fighter for the right. A poet searching for an image of true majesty could not rest until he seized on "Holmes dissenting in a sordid age." Young Holmes served in the Civil War. He might have been thinking of the crosses and stars of Arlington when he wrote: "At the grave of a hero we end, not with sorrow at the inevitable loss, but with the contagion of his courage; and with a kind of desperate joy we go back to the fight."
All of these men were different, but they shared this in
common: They loved America very much. There was nothing they wouldn't do for
her. And they loved with the sureness of the young. It's hard not to think of
the young in a place like this, for it's the young who do the fighting and
dying when a peace fails and a war begins. Not far from here is the statue of
the three servicemen—the three fighting boys of Vietnam. It, too, has majesty
and more. Perhaps you've seen it—three rough boys walking together, looking
ahead with a steady gaze. There's something wounded about them, a kind of
resigned toughness. But there's an unexpected tenderness, too. At first you
don't really notice, but then you see it. The three are touching each other, as
if they're supporting each other, helping each other on.
I know that many veterans of Vietnam will gather today, some of them perhaps by the wall. And they're still helping each other on. They were quite a group, the boys of Vietnam—boys who fought a terrible and vicious war without enough support from home, boys who were dodging bullets while we debated the efficacy of the battle. It was often our poor who fought in that war; it was the unpampered boys of the working class who picked up the rifles and went on the march. They learned not to rely on us; they learned to rely on each other. And they were special in another way: They chose to be faithful. They chose to reject the fashionable skepticism of their time. They chose to believe and answer the call of duty. They had the wild, wild courage of youth. They seized certainty from the heart of an ambivalent age; they stood for something.
And we owe them something, those boys. We owe them first a promise: That just as they did not forget their missing comrades, neither, ever, will we. And there are other promises. We must always remember that peace is a fragile thing that needs constant vigilance. We owe them a promise to look at the world with a steady gaze and, perhaps, a resigned toughness, knowing that we have adversaries in the world and challenges and the only way to meet them and maintain the peace is by staying strong.
That, of course, is the lesson of this century, a lesson learned in the Sudetenland, in Poland, in Hungary, in Czechoslovakia, in Cambodia. If we really care about peace, we must stay strong. If we really care about peace, we must, through our strength, demonstrate our unwillingness to accept an ending of the peace. We must be strong enough to create peace where it does not exist and strong enough to protect it where it does. That's the lesson of this century and, I think, of this day. And that's all I wanted to say. The rest of my contribution is to leave this great place to its peace, a peace it has earned.
Thank all of you, and God bless you, and have a day full of
- President Ronald Reagan, May 26, 1986
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Monday, February 28, 2022
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Madeline LaSalle will fill the vacant District 8 school board position for the remainder of its term, which is December 2024.
By Kristin Danley-Greiner, Patch Staff, Feb 4, 2022
PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MD — Madeline LaSalle has been appointed to fill the vacant Prince George's County District 8 school board position. LaSalle replaces former board of education member Edward Burroughs and will serve the remainder of his term, which runs until December 2024.
LaSalle currently works for Arlington Public Schools in Virginia as the coordinator of the Academic Academy, an alternative program serving students within a trauma-sensitive framework. As a first-generation college graduate, LaSalle's passion includes social justice work, trauma-informed care and restorative practices. A licensed clinical social worker, LaSalle also is a 2011 fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute, the Center for Creative Leadership and the Harvard JFK School of Government Leadership Consortium. She holds a bachelor of arts degree and master of social work from the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York City, as well as an education specialist degree and education leadership and administration certificate from George Washington University's School of Education in Washington, D.C.
LaSalle is the founder and current chair of the board for Latinas Leading Tomorrow, a non-profit that serves young Latinas in middle and high school.
"We are so proud to welcome Ms. LaSalle to the Prince George's County Board of Education," County Executive Alsobrooks said. "We remain heavily invested in the education of our children, and we are excited to have Ms. LaSalle join us in our efforts to continue to move our school system forward. Our goal is to ensure that our children can grow and thrive for years to come, and we believe that her experience in both education and social work, along with her passion for children, will make her a great addition to our board."
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Prince George’s County, MD sues 3M, DuPont, and other toxic foam manufacturers over PFAS in waterways
"Prince George County, Maryland has filed suit in U.S. District Court against a group of 24 companies that manufacture Aqueous Film-Forming Foam, (AFFF), containing toxic PFAS. The chemicals have been recklessly used and discarded throughout the county. “For decades, PFAS-based AFFF products have been stored and used for fire suppression, fire training and flammable vapor suppression at hundreds of locations in fire training schools, military installations and civilian airports as well as petroleum refineries,” the complaint says. Prince George’s County borders Washington, DC on the east.
The $250 million lawsuit was filed on January 14, 2022. The complaint lists 3M, DuPont, Chemours, and others as defendants and accuses them of failing to warn the public that their products are harmful."
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Unofficial election results as of January 14, 2022 indicate 48,558 eligible District 8 voters did not vote in the special primary election. Of 55,6599 eligible voters, only 13% turned out to vote.
From the Board of Elections:
Special General Election
- Special General Election-February 1, 2022, 7am-8pm.
- Special General - Early voting will be conducted on January 26-January 31, 2022, (10am-8pm and 12pm – 6pm on Sunday).
- Voter Registration Deadline (County Council District 8 residents only): Tuesday, January 11, 2022 for the Special General Election, 5pm.
In person voting will also be offered at the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex Vote Center located at 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744.
Sunday, January 16, 2022
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Saturday, December 11, 2021
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary marking the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 making it an annual observance, and it became a national holiday in 1938. Then-President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation in 1954 to change the name to Veterans Day to honor all those who served the country in war or peace. On this day, the nation honors military veterans with parades and other observances across the country and a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
“Never was so much owed by so many to so few.” –Winston Churchill
“The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war.” – Douglas MacArthur
“The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation.” — George Washington
Sunday, October 31, 2021
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Thanks to everyone who joined us on Saturday, October 30 for our Fall 2021 Growing Green with Pride event! We had 8 volunteers and it ended up being a beautiful day. The rain from earlier in the week made it much easier to dig the holes. We planted 10 redbud trees along Fort Washington Road, 100 daffodils, and picked up trash. Volunteers included Henrieta Dzurikaninova, Carter Ferrington, Ed & Jacque Akselrad, Louisa Buadoo-Amoa, Rebecca Richter, and Bill Bell. A special thanks to Tony Mitchell for picking up the trees and supplies and placing them where they were planted--greatly appreciated!
We would like to schedule more frequent clean-up events, perhaps every month or two. Also, we could use some volunteers to help water the trees. If you might be interested in either or both activities, please give Jamie Crist your contact information. You can reach him by cell at 703-966-8757 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.