If we look to the answer as to why for so many years we achieved so much, prospered as no other people on Earth, it was because here in this land we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on Earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay that price.
Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors.
Some thoughts from Ronald Reagan’s 1981 inaugural speech for Memorial Day 2018 | American Enterprise Institute – AEI %
I featured the video above in a post last year on CD around this time and thought it was worthy of a re-post this year. It’s called “Ronald Reagan: Memorial Day Speech” on YouTube, even though it’s actually from Reagan’s inaugural address on January 20, 1981 and still provides some great thoughts for Memorial Day.