Monuments...

... feeding time is over now and The Wife is swinging peacefully out back in her hammock... the last time I checked, Ginger was curled up on The Wife's stomach as she read her book... funny, really.... out of the two cats, Fred is the most fearless... and Ginger is spooked by everything from people's voices to rustling leaves... and yet it is Ginger who enjoys the hammock... while Fred won't have anything at all to do with it...

... anyway, I grilled two nice flounder fillets around 6:30... steamed up some potatoes and mashed them... adding in some crushed garlic, bleu cheese, sour cream, and butter... and I even boiled up a few roasting ears just for color.... fish, potatoes, and corn on the cob... now it is time for a gin and tonic....

.... as I was cooking, I couldn't help thinking about the Confederate monument I photographed today... especially the inscription... I mean, I must have passed that thing a thousand times and it never struck me like it did today... right there at eye-level in bold-faced, simple words....

... "MAN WAS NOT BORN TO HIMSELF ALONE BUT TO HIS COUNTRY." ....

... wow... I do believe that reading that today felt like the very first time.... how amazing... one side reading those simple, powerful words... the other side emblazoned with crossed Confederate flags... and rising up above and standing tall atop the plinth, a solitary soldier with rifle and fixed-bayonet...

... man was not born to himself alone... but to his country..... it's still sinking in.... I understand the sentiment and I happen to agree with it... but I can't stop wondering just how many of my generation do not believe in those words and the idea they express...

... farther around the base of the monument, another inscription reads "TO OUR KNOWN AND UNKNOWN CONFEDERATE DEAD." .....

... people talk about the men and women of the WWII era as being the "Greatest Generation"... and who knows, maybe they were... but one thing is a fact.... The Civil War generation had some unbreakable grit too....

... I just hope we still have that grit this generation...

Update: .... here is one of the photographs I took this afternoon...

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by Eric on July 06, 2006 | Bullshit (7) | TrackBack (0) | Military Stuff
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…I just hope we still have that grit this generation…

Me too bro, me too.

Bullshitted by phin on July 6, 2006 07:53 PM

same here.

Bullshitted by Blaez on July 6, 2006 08:39 PM

I am of the belief that many of us of *this* generation hold that belief as well... At least I know that *I* do.

There is more work to be done. And it WILL be done. So help me...

Bullshitted by Richmond on July 6, 2006 08:56 PM

Here in Scotland we still believe in the legends and lore where our heroes are still remembered and celebrated. It's the Celtic spirit that shines through in the few that will put their lives on the line for the benefit of the many. As seen at Dunnichen, Bannockburn, Culloden (http://www.rampantscotland.com/features/battles.htm), and in the Declaration of Arbroath (http://www.rampantscotland.com/know/blknow_arbroath.htm), particularly the bit that begins, "For so long as there shall but one hundred of us remain alive..."; and goes on still, in the continuing struggle for independence. You guys kicked ass against the might of the enemy... and won!

Bullshitted by James on July 7, 2006 06:02 AM

"Man was not born to himself alone but to his country"

Somebody needs to tattoo that on Natalie Maines' forehead.

Bullshitted by Raging Mom on July 7, 2006 06:27 AM

The problem is that we don't teach that to our children. I will, you can bet I will.

Bullshitted by oddybobo on July 7, 2006 08:10 AM

Great motto. Somebody should read it to our politicians daily, particularly before they lunch with lobbyists....

Bullshitted by Libby on July 7, 2006 09:35 AM