Veterans’ Day, 2008

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The following was found in the pocket of a slain Confederate soldier after the battle of Gettysburg.  The author is unknown, but his words live on.

As you go about your business today, please remember that it's our veterans, living and dead, whose sacrifices have made, and continue to make it possible for us to enjoy our freedom.  We owe them a debt of gratitude that we can never repay.

I asked for strength, that I might achieve,
He made me weak that I might learn
humbly to obey…
I asked for health, that I might do greater things,
I was given infirmity, that I might do
better things…
I asked for riches, that I might be happy,
I was given poverty, that I might be wise…
I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men,
I was given weakness that I might feel
the need of God…
I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life,
I was given life, that I may enjoy all things…
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything that I had hoped for,
Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered,
I am among all men, most richly blessed.
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