Sunday, July 5, 2009

America - the Idea

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote about the unique nature of "America":

"France was a land. England was a people. But America having about it still that quality of the idea, was harder to utter - it was the graves at Shiloh, and the tired, drawn, nervous faces of its great men, and the country boys dying in the Argonne for a phrase that was empty before their bodies withered. It was a willingness of the heart."

Let us remember that spirit, and fight with all the willingness of the heart that our forefathers and mothers have; keep their sacrifices near and dear; and honor them all by ensuring America remains a beacon of liberty in a dark world.


Michael D. Jones said...

So true... If there is one constant in our literary tradition that reflects American culture it is the willful, optimistic, concept of a nation of Peoples creating and re-creating itself. -Michael D. Jones, M.A.

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