Friday, May 23, 2014


"It remains very much to be seen whether or not this nation will "long endure" as civilization's greatest exercise in personal liberty balanced by personal responsibility. Which is why the words of Abraham Lincoln on the constitutionally protected, individual-centric and equality-driven nature of that freedom - and the terrible, unfathomable and heartbreaking cost at which it comes - are just as meaningful, just as relevant today as they were nearly 150 years ago when they were first recited at Gettysburg.

Don't let the dead have died in vain. Use your freedom wisely. And have a safe and, hopefully, reflective Memorial Day weekend."

---Lieutenant Colonel Timothy G. Cook, MD 


  1. All too often this day becomes a day of picnics and shopping and not the day of heroes. For decades we have given these men and women mediocre health care, I had first hand experience many years ago, and now it finally it making people mad enough. I hope the dinosaur changes.

  2. My "hero" had so many benefits given and then taken away over his many years of service and retirement from service, we both learned not to trust anything the government leaders (especially liberals) dab their toes in. I am just waiting to hear what will be next as many of our Veterans remain a favorite target of politicians. We need a little of the old dinosaur to rear it's head again especially on Memorial Weekend when we have to remind persons to honor those who died serving us.

  3. I am going to look at empty chairs and think of them when they were filled.

    We give our young, our brave, and our national treasure and can only hope that it was not all for nothing and that they did not die in vain.

  4. I will morn the boys that didn't get a chance to become old men.

  5. TABOR: It is a national disgrace that those who gave all are not remembered by many.

    GRANNY ANNIE: Sadly many today don't seem to realize the importance of remembering those who gave all.

    LL: It will not be in vain as long as we remember them.

    OLD NFO: Amen. Amen. Amen.

    ARKANSAS PATTI: So shall I.