It is not the things that are seen that are important.
It is the things that are unseen.
The unseen is what lives on.
It is the depth of character of a person that is imparted to the things
that are seen that give them beauty and meaning.
America is beautiful because it was built by people of character
who lived principled lives based in unchanging truth.
The ugliest house can be the most beautiful home because of the people who live there;
But the most beautiful house can be the ugliest of homes for the same reason.
Homes last forever – houses can be destroyed.
America will only be as great and beautiful and lasting as the people who live there.
America as a house is not worth defending.
America as a home is not worth giving up.
America will be the Land of the Free only as long it is viewed
by its inhabitants as the HOME of the brave.
Bravery is founded in truth and acts, even in the face of fear.
For many today, bravery is a word and concept.
For some, it has been called upon in defense of ill influences on their home.
For a few, we can only hope and pray it was not in vain.
Today, there are many who live because people of character acted. Instantly. The truth they lived by was deeply embedded within their souls, so action in the face of fear was carried out.
Today, we see a memorial that is only beautiful because of the character it represents. The elevation and memorializing of truth, as seen in these acts of bravery and self sacrifice, is meant to spur us on to continue to stand for those truths. But if we take away truth, what is left? Without truth, without a standard, without a plumbline – there is nothing to attain, nothing to defend, nothing to live for.
Truth is unchanging – otherwise it is not truth
We hold these truths (fidelity to an original or to a standard) to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator (not a man) with certain unalienable Rights (not to be separated, given away, or taken away) that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
It’s because of these truths, that we are America. It is because of these truths, that we have built people of character in this land.
Today we salute those who love truth so much that they deemed it worth their lives.