Steve Reick Reflects on Memorial Day

On his campaign blog, Republican State Rep. candidate Steve Reicks has published the following, which he has given McHenry County Blog permission to re-publish:

“Mort de la Guerre”

Helmet on RifleForty years ago while bicycling through eastern France, I took a break and walked into a small grove of trees which grew in the middle of a wheat field.

There, sitting in a small clearing was a simple stone, inscribed with the phrase “mort de la guerre”.

There was no name, no date and no means of identification, just a simple stone marking the final resting place of someone who had fallen in defense of Liberty.

Since then, the men and women of the United States armed forces have been sent to the far corners of the world to defend the Liberty that we so often take for granted.

It’s only appropriate that we dedicate at least one day a year in remembrance of those who didn’t come back.

This weekend there will be remembrances, parades, and family gatherings.

To those of you for whom that family gathering will be to honor one of their own who, in words attributed to Lincoln: “laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom”, we should all offer a silent moment of thanks.

Secretary of State Colin Powell said in 2003:

“Over the years, the United States has sent many of its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for in return is enough to bury those that did not return.”

Cemeteries around the world stand as testimony to the price our country has been willing to pay for our freedom.

But whether it’s the beautifully manicured grounds at Arlington or Normandy or an anonymous grave in eastern France, our obligation is the same: to remember the cost of freedom and to honor all who were “mort de la guerre”.


Steve Reick Reflects on Memorial Day — 24 Comments

  1. Among the most moving trips of my life have been two visits to Normandy. In each case I spent time at Colleville Sur Mer, which is the location of the American Cemetary at Omaha Beach.

    The location is stunning as it overlooks the Channel.

    There are row upon row of white crosses and stars of David.
    Most of those buried there, gave their full measure while boys in their teens or very young men in their twenties.

    These young men turned back the tide of pure and unadulterated evil. They were truly the greatest generation.
    We owe them and every person who has served in the military, is serving or will serve a debt than can never be repaid.

    May God bless each of them and their families.

  2. “Since then, the men and women of the United States armed forces have been sent to the far corners of the world to defend the Liberty that we so often take for granted.”

    How, exactly is our liberty being attacked in the “far corners of the world”

    Statements like this are made, all too often, demonstrating just how effective the war propaganda machine is at manufacturing consent.

  3. Thanks for the re-post Cal.

    Federal Farmer: As a Veteran, the son of a Veteran, brother of Veterans, and father of an active military member, thank you for demonstrating that the ultimate sacrifices by those who are responsible for defending this country have no litmus test on which citizens benefit.

    Even the ignorant, tactless, buffoons like yourself are protected.

    Have fun at your BBQ.

  4. Sayers- blind allegiance, is never a good thing.

    Regardless of how “noble” the appearance of the cause.

    Many of the wars our youth are sent to die in, have nothing to do with fighting for liberty and everything to do with the hidden agendas of the elite political class.

    I too am family to several war veterans.

    It is they, who have awakened me to the realities of the true motives of war, so, you can play that hand another time.

    Ask an informed Vietnam vet how he feels knowing that the entire pretense of the war he fought, was a lie.

  5. My Uncle, fought in the European Theatre and survived five major battles which included:


    The Battle of the Bulge,


    Northern France and

    the Rhineland.

    He was one of Patton’s Spearheaders.

    He was one of the lucky few who was able to return home to raise his family in Minnesota.

    Our family, had a war hero in our midst for years and didn’t even know it.

    Because he carried the pain of war with him we didn’t know about his sacrifices until much later in his life.

    Remember, that every time an act of corruption is committed, we betray those that go off to war to ensure that we all have the freedom to make choices in our Country every day.

    The soldiers protect us over seas, but we are the warriors at home and it is our responsibility to protect and preserve our system of government.

  6. “we are the warriors at home and it is our responsibility to protect and preserve our system of government”

    FC – that part should have been in all caps.. (even if Cal says he can’t read all caps well)

  7. No one can read all caps well. It goes against your brain structure causing readability problems, which renders word shapes unrecognizable.

    It is truly rude to insist otherwise.

    Beyond that, this is an article on honor.

    I am offended that a few are taking the liberty to post politics on a page that should be about honoring our veterans.

    Yes, my husband was in Viet Nam during the Tedt Offensive with the U.S. Marine Corp.

    We get it.

    This is just not the proper place to air your arguments against the cabal.

    Thank you John, for your testimony.

  8. Fighting?

    Why are you getting all testy?

    You said nothing disrepectful.

    Yet, now you are shouting.

    You seem to have some kind of mental block showing.

    You appear to have a screw loose when you insist on fighting shadows.

    (Plus you are really being rude.)

  9. Federal Farmer, how quickly we forget.

    The oceans of the world no longer keep us safe from the attacks from those who wish to destroy our way of life.

    9/11 is sufficient proof of that fact whether you want to believe it or not.

    Are you telling us that that very tangible evidence is not true?

    Are you suggesting we just sit back and let them come here?

    Lastly, today is a day to honor those who gave their all.

    I care not for your politicizing this day to make your point.

  10. There is no politicizing.

    It nothing to do with promoting candidates and everything to do with promoting better government and creating reform.

    You should respect those that choose to exercise their freedom of speech and if you don’t like it, you can go join Harrison and his entourage.

  11. Those who have died believing they did so to protect us are very much worthy of honor.

    It is historical fact that many of these waters/military activities that take the lives of our children and family members, are predicated on complete lies.

    They have fought, killed and died for a reasons completely contrary to what they believed they were fighting for.

    How is it that we are honoring them when we propagate the lies that, all too often, have lead to their wrongful and unnecessary deaths?

    Honor them by seeking and insisting on truth!

  12. lol Fighting Corruption.

    You have no idea what the word politics means.

    It is precisely what you are doing.

    I just lost a huge boatload of respect for you just watching you in here.

    I guess you would invite people to protest at your own families memorials.

    This is how far we have come to being insensitive over others. My heart breaks for all the loses.

    I give honor to every single one of our veterans no matter what the circumstances.

    Thank you again, John.

    Honor is the name of the game today.

    Introspection is a lost art.

  13. Maybe we should take up the “politics” tomorrow and remember the fallen today.

  14. I marched in a parade today.

    It is really, really sad how few possess ‘flag etiquette.

    If you attended a parade today, did you follow this?

    If you see the flag pass by in a parade you should stand at attention and put your right hand (open flat) over your heart. (If you are in uniform you should salute.)

    This should be done as soon as the flag passes in front of you.

    Once it passes, you can put your hand down.

  15. Cindy,

    There are people in the world who are just insensitive jerks.

    Ignore the lout and move on.

    You can’t fix stupid

  16. @ cautious voter-

    if you are a honorably discharged Veterans you are able to salute, even out of uniform .

    Section 301(b)(1) of title 36, United States Code, is amended by striking subparagraphs (A) through (C) and inserting the following new subparagraphs:

    “(A) individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;

    “(B) members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and

    “(C) all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart;

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