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The Dead We Honor

by Post Editorial Board     •     The New York Post

Memorial Day inspires mixed emotions: pride in the valor of those who gave their lives in the cause of freedom; sorrow that such self-sacrifice should have been necessary. Pride in past valor may be best expressed in the St. Crispin’s Day speech from “Henry V” (Act IV, Scene iii), delivered by the young king on the eve of the Battle of Agincourt.

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George Washington’s First Annual Message to Congress on the State of the Union

“Our fellow citizens the blessings which they have a right to expect from a free, efficient, and equal government.”

January 8, 1790 (223 years ago today) [Excerpts]

by George Washington

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: I embrace with great satisfaction the opportunity which now presents itself of congratulating you on the present favorable prospects of our public affairs. The . . . rising credit and respectability of our country, the general and increasing good will toward the government of the Union, and the concord, peace, and plenty with which we are blessed are circumstances auspicious in an eminent degree to our national prosperity. . . . Continue reading

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