A Tribute Never Equal to the Debt They Are Owed

“Today, we gather to honor those who gave everything to preserve our way of life. The men and women we honor here served for liberty. They sacrificed for liberty. And in countless acts of courage, they died for liberty. From faraway lands, they were returned to cemeteries like this one, where broken hearts received their broken bodies — they found peace beneath the white headstones in the land they fought to defend.
… The men and women of American armed forces perform extraordinary acts of heroism every single day. Like the nation they serve, they do not glory in the devastation of war. They also do not flinch from combat when liberty and justice are embattled. Ronald Tucker, Nathan Hardy and Mike Koch make clear, they do not waver — even in the face of danger.
And so today, here in Washington and across our country, we pay tribute to all who have fallen — a tribute never equal to the debt they are owed. We will forever honor their memories. We will forever search for their comrades, the POWs and MIAs. And we pledge — we offer a solemn pledge to persevere and to provide the security for our citizens and secure the peace for which they fought.
The soil of Arlington and other sites is filled with liberty’s defenders. It is nourished by their heroism. It is watered by the silent tears of the mothers and fathers, and husbands and wives, and sons and daughters they left behind. Today we pray for God’s blessing on all who grieve and ask the Almighty to strengthen and comfort them today and everyday.
The soil of Arlington and other sites is filled with liberty’s defenders. It is nourished by their heroism. It is watered by the silent tears of the mothers and fathers, and husbands and wives, and sons and daughters they left behind. Today we pray for God’s blessing on all who grieve and ask the Almighty to strengthen and comfort them today and everyday.
On this Memorial Day, I stand before you as the Commander-in-Chief and try to tell you how proud I am at the sacrifice and service of the men and women who wear our uniform. They’re an awesome bunch of people and the United States is blessed to have such citizens.
I am humbled by those who have made the ultimate sacrifice that allow a free civilization to endure and flourish. It only remains for us, the heirs of their legacy, to have the courage and the character to follow their lead — and to preserve America as the greatest nation on earth and the last best hope for mankind.
May God bless you and may God bless America.”
~ George W. Bush,
Politician, Businessman, 46th Governor of Texas (1995-2000) & 43rd President of the United States (2001-2009)

Their Definition of ‘Misinformation’

“What is ‘misinformation’ to the Left? It’s anything that doesn’t fit what the Left wants to tell us. It’s anything that goes against their ideology. That’s ‘misinformation’, and as Believers and Christians, we have to stand and speak the TRUTH, and the worst thing we can do is not (speak the TRUTH).”
~ Dr. Keith Rose
Plastic Surgeon, Tactical Medicine Physician, CEO – Rose Medical Management, Army Captain (former), Inventor – The Integrated Tourniquet System (ITS), Founder – Rose Cosmetic Surgery Center, Philanthropist, & Pod-caster – The Scalpel
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Socialist, Communist & Marxist Candidates for Georgia Senate: J.O. & R.W.

“The nature of the Communist Party is like the devil itself; it lies in order to keep YOU in line.”
~ Lance Wallnau,
Speaker, Author & Consultant

We Cannot Let This Election Be Stolen!

“We cannot let this election be stolen – we need to be loud, bold, and persistent. We need to contact the legislators in Nevada, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia. We need to contact them all and let them feel the heat. These Republican legislators are afraid of the Democrats, afraid of the mob. But it’s not Democrats who put them in office. It’s Republicans and just as Republican voters put them into office, they can kick them right back out again.”
~ Lance Wallnau,
Speaker, Author & Consultant

Her Very Existence on Earth

“A woman who doesn’t apologize for her very existence on Earth is rare, and that’s what I wanted for myself.”
~ Gabourey Sidibe
Actress, Director, Author,
Women Film Critics Circle Awards (2009), Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards (2009),
National Board of Review (2009), Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Florida Film Critics Circle Awards (2009),
Hollywood Film Festival (2009), Detroit Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Chicago International Film Festival (2009),
Satellite Awards (2010), NAACP Image Awards (2010), Iowa Film Critics Awards (2010), Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (2010),
Independent Spirit Awards (2010), Black Reel Awards (2010) & Boston Society of Film Critics Awards (2012)

Difficulties Equal Opportunities

“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchilll,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom ( 1940-1945 ) & (1951–1955),
Non-academic Historian, Writer, Artist,
Nobel Prize in Literature (1953) &
Honorary Citizen of the United States (1963)

Be Unbreakable

“If I hadn’t been told I was garbage, I wouldn’t have learned how to show people I’m talented,
and if everyone had always laughed at my jokes, I wouldn’t have figured out how to be so funny.
If they hadn’t told me I was ugly, I never would have searched for my beauty,
and if they hadn’t tried to break me down, I wouldn’t know that I’m unbreakable.”
~ Gabourey Sidibe
Actress, Director, Author,
Women Film Critics Circle Awards (2009), Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Awards (2009),
National Board of Review (2009), Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Florida Film Critics Circle Awards (2009),
Hollywood Film Festival (2009), Detroit Film Critics Society Awards (2009), Chicago International Film Festival (2009),
Satellite Awards (2010), NAACP Image Awards (2010), Iowa Film Critics Awards (2010), Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards (2010),
Independent Spirit Awards (2010), Black Reel Awards (2010) & Boston Society of Film Critics Awards (2012)

An Appreciation for the Downs & the Ups

“I’ve had 60 years of ups and downs, and all of the downs that I’ve had, I’m happy that I’ve had them because it’s taught me to appreciate all the ups.”
~ Patti LaBelle,
Singer, Songwriter, & Actress
~ Image via NAME HERE

Courageous

“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid.
Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.”
~ Bethany Hamilton,
Professional Surfer, Author, Courage Teen Choice Award,
ESPY Award (2004), NSSA National Helping Kids Champion (2005),
ASP World Junior Championships (2008)

Doing Away with Fear

“I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear;
knowing what must be done does away with fear.”
~ Rosa Parks,
Activist

If We Do Not Stop to Help

“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’
But… the good Samaritan reversed the question:
‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'”

~ Dr Martin Luther King,
Dreamer, Pastor, Activist, Humanitarian
& Leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement

Don’t Walk Around with FEAR

“I don’t walk around with fear.
I walk around with strength. I believe in cause and effect.”
~ Melanie Griffith,
Actress & Philanthropist

Have This Kind of Beauty, Too

“The kind of beauty I want most is
the hard-to-get kind that comes from within –
strength, courage, dignity.”
~ Ruby Dee,
Actress, Poet, Playwright, Screenwriter, Journalist, Activist,
Obie Award (1971), Drama Desk Awards(1971, 1973), Kennedy Center Honors,
Women in Film Crystal Award (1991), Emmy Award (1991), National Medal of Arts, (1995),
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2000, 2008), Grammy Award (2007) & Spingarn Medal (2008)

Strength to Not Surrender

“Strength does not come from winning.
Your struggles develop your strengths.
When you go through hardships
and decide not to surrender,
that is strength.”
~ Arnold Schwarzenegger,
Actor, Producer, Businessman, Investor, Author,
Philanthropist, Activist, Politician,
Professional Bodybuilder & 38th Governor of California (2003-2011)

Fear Not, Understand More

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.
Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”
~ Marie Curie,
Physicist, Chemist,
Nobel Prize – Physics (1903) &
Nobel Prize – Chemistry (1911)

Go for ‘Great’

“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.”
~ John D. Rockefeller,
Business Magnate, Philanthropist,
Founder:
Standard Oil Company,
University of Chicago,
Rockefeller University,
General Education Board
& the
Rockefeller Foundation

Whatever Else You Do Well

“If you bungle raising your children,
I don’t think whatever else you do well
matters very much.”
~ Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
Photographer, Book Editor &
35th First Lady of the United States (1961 – 1963)

Silencing the Voice

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition
it has only one way to go and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures,
until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens
and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”
~ Harry S. Truman,
Politician, 33rd President of the United States (1945–53),
United States Senator (1935–45) & Vice President (1945)

To Live in Peace with One’s Self

“You have to do something in your life that is honorable
and not cowardly if you are to live in peace with yourself.”

~ Lawrence Harvey “Larry” Brown,
Basketball Coach (1969-Present), Basketball Hall of Fame (Coach, 2002),
NBA Title (Pistons, 2004), NBA Playoffs(8x/8 Teams), NCAA National Championship (Kansas, 1988),
ABA Championship (Oakland Oaks 1968–69), Olympic Gold Medal (1964)

Contagious Courage

“Courage is contagious.
When a brave man takes a stand,
the spines of others are often stiffened.”
~ William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr.,
Evangelist, Orator, Author, Radio Broadcaster – Hour of Decision,
Founder – Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,
Founder – Christianity Today, Founder – Decision &
President – Samaritan’s Purse

Beautiful Characters

“Character contributes to beauty.
It fortifies a woman as her youth fades.
A mode of conduct, a standard of courage,
discipline, fortitude, and integrity
can do a great deal
to make a woman beautiful.
~ Jacqueline Bisset,
Actress, Ordre National de la Légion d’honneur Insignia Award (2010)
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

Fear Isn’t the Right Guide

“When we stay open to possibility (instead of letting fear guide our choices),
we experience more joy, meaning and purpose than we ever imagined—
both in life and business.”
~ Debra Gould,
Jewelry Designer, Website Designer, Author, Storyteller,
Comedienne, Real Estate Flipper & Stager Entrepreneur

These Are the Magic Keys

“Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth.
Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys
to living your life with integrity.”
~ W. Clement Stone,
Businessman, Philanthropist & Author

To & For Its Children

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.
The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer,
Pastor, Theologian, & anti-Nazi Dissident,
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Spend Life Well

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“Life well-spent is long.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci,
Polymath: Painter, Sculptor, Architect, Musician,
Mathematician, Engineer, Inventor, Anatomist,
Geologist, Cartographer, Botanist, & Writer

The Most Courageous

“One of the most courageous things you can do is
identify yourself,
know who you are,
what you believe in and
where you want to go.”
~ – Sheila Murray Bethel,
Author, Global Leadership and Change Expert,
Hall of Fame Speaker, CEO Bethel Leadership Institute

Glory & Imperfections

“There are two, basic
motivating forces:
Fear & Love.
When we are afraid,
we pull back from life.
When we are in love,
we open to all that life has to offer
with passion, excitement, and acceptance.
We need to learn to love ourselves first,
in all our glory and our imperfections.
If we cannot love ourselves,
we cannot fully open to our ability to love others
or our potential to create.
Evolution and all hopes for a better world
rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision
of people who embrace life.”
~ John Winston Lennon,
Musician, Singer, Songwriter,
Record Producer, Artist, Writer & Activist

The Right Actions Breed …

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

~ Dale Breckenridge Carnegie
Writer and Lecturer

Failure is Not Fatal

Image of Sir Winston Churchill
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal;
it is the courage to continue that counts.”

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchilll,
Prime Minister of the United Kingdom ( 1940-1945 ) & (1951–1955),
Non-academic Historian, Writer, Artist,
Nobel Prize in Literature (1953) &
Honorary Citizen of the United States (1963)

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Opportunity Windows

Good day, Everyone!  Here’s a fabulous quote to practice!:

“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.”

Tom Peters