Non sibi sed patriae  

Nightguy_1961 55M
3324 posts
5/29/2006 12:05 am

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Non sibi sed patriae

-For the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, who is known only to the Almighty...

Non sibi sed patriae

-For the souls of those minutemen, who gave all for the birth of a nation...

Non sibi sed patriae

For those who fought and died, both Blue & Grey, when this nation tried to tear itself apart...

Non sibi sed patriae

-For those dough-boys who went "Over There"...where now delicate poppies mark where they fell...

Non sibi sed patriae

-For those who gave their all at Pearl Harbor, Wake Island, North Africa, The Coral Sea, Midway, Sicily, Guam, Normandy, the Philippines, the Ardennes , Iwo Jima, the Remagen Bridge, and Okinawa, so that evil would not sweep this planet...

Non sibi sed patriae

-For those who went and died in an almost forgotten 'police action' known as Korea...

Non sibi sed patriae

-For all those names on that solemn black wall in DC...silent reminders of young men who went to Vietnam...and never came back...

Non sibi sed patriae

-For the memory of over 200 Marines who died in Lebanon...because a madman in a truck thought he was doing Allah's will...

Non sibi sed patriae

-For those who went and gave all to liberate countries with exotic names like Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Iraq...

Non sibi sed patriae

-For those who have sent their sons and daughters, husbands and wives into harm's way...

Non sibi sed patriae- Not self, but country

In the movie, The Bridges at Toko-Ri, when the Admiral of the task force learns that the pilot and his two rescuers died fighting rather than get captured, he drops his head and sadly says, "Where do such men of character come from?"

While pundits talk about self sacrifice and giving all for their country, I've noticed in my studies one common thread: When the chips are's not patriotism, or an ideal that our military men and women are fighting for...

It's their buddies...pure and simple.
Think about it...most of us would walk away from trouble if it just affected us. But put your best friend, your family, your kids in the equation...we would fight like berserkers to defend them.

Sgt Paul Smith, the latest recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, didn't get the highest award this nation can give for heroism by fighting for an ideal or a concept. Sgt. Smith was awarded the CMOH posthumously because he was defending his wounded buddies and trying to keep a numerically superior force from overrunning his position and hitting an aid station down the road.

I guess when it comes down to it, the saying "Non sibi sed patriae - Not self but country" makes sense, when you realize that country means each other.

Remember why we call it Memorial Day...and never, ever forget. And though it is the slogan for the Corps, I think it is appropriate for all those who wear the uniform and those that stand behind them in support:

Semper Fi - Always Faithful

©NG61 2006

rm_gerson42 52M
2419 posts
5/29/2006 12:32 am

Well done Nightguy.

Nightguy_1961 replies on 5/29/2006 3:14 am:

MaggiesWishes 59F

5/29/2006 1:43 am

Hummmm.... very well done.
Remembering is what we should do best.
Now, get back to my place
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Warm huggies 2ya, Dark One

Nightguy_1961 replies on 5/29/2006 3:14 am:
Thank you, MW....and I was impressed with your post as well....

angelofmercy5 58F
17881 posts
5/29/2006 4:11 am

They gave their tomorrows so we could have our today! Semper fi. Well done Nightguy.


5/29/2006 5:56 am

Well Done and for thoughtfullness that is a senior superlaitve I would vote for! Salute them and you with hand on heart...truly! Much respect!

just a squirrel trying to get a nut

wickedeasy 66F  
25468 posts
5/29/2006 5:57 am

and lest we forget

the mothers and fathers,
the brothers and sisters,
the wives and husbands

the children

who wait

thank you Night - for serving.........and for making sure we continue to honor those that paid the ultimate price for our freedom

You cannot conceive the many without the one.

cookiequeen1000 53F

5/29/2006 7:08 am

Good blog. Also have to remember those who made it home. Sieze the day - always, and Semper Fi.

Thank you.

ohcurious14 59M
1683 posts
5/29/2006 7:26 am

A personal, heartfelt salute to you NG and thanks to all who made the ultimate sacrafice serving our country. A truly memorable day to honor those who sacrafised, served, and either died serving or survived. Semper Fi!!!

LustyTaurus 48M  
21253 posts
5/29/2006 7:52 pm

Awesome tribute to those who do and have served NG...thanks.


Whispersoftly5 52F
15176 posts
5/30/2006 8:37 pm

Very powerful and moving post. Thank you for this and for serving!


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