Monday, May 29, 2006

Memorial Day

As we remember those men and women who have made such significant sacrifices, I offer some sobering words on Memorial Day from one of our greatest generals and leaders.

General Omar Nelson Bradley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed an Armistice Day Luncheon of the Boston Chamber of Commerce on November 10, 1948. His words were profound and prophetic. Here is an excerpt:

"We have too many men of science; too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. Man is stumbling blindly through spiritual darkness while toying with the precarious secrets of life and death. The world has achieved brilliance without wisdom, power without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living."

Today is a good day to visit the Arlington National Cemetery website.

5 comments:

Ligon Duncan said...

Great quote, Brad! Thanks.

Alan Temple said...

Thanks for remembering; from a PCA Deacon and disabled veteran who lost friends in Desert Storm. It is much appreciated. Great quote from Gen. Bradley also.

Hookem Horns!

Anonymous said...

To tug at your heart, click on the link Brad gave for the Arlington National Cemetery. Click on "Photos of the week" link about 3/4 down that home page. Click on May 2005 and look at the picture for the week of May 13th......that says it all.

Anonymous said...

Can you direct us to the entire speech that General Bradley gave?

Bradford Mercer said...

I do not have a copy of the whole speech, but I know it was taken from the New York Times (of all places!), November 11, 1948.