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
A SOLDIER’S PLEDGE: On this Memorial Day 2020, we would like to spotlight President Ronald Reagan and his first speech first Inaugural Address, delivered on January 20, 1981.
On this Memorial Day 2020, we would like to spotlight President Ronald Reagan and this excerpt from his first Inaugural Address, delivered on January 20, 1981:
To those neighbors and allies who share our freedom, we will strengthen our historic ties and assure them of our support and firm commitment. We will match loyalty with loyalty. We will strive for mutually beneficial relations. We will not use our friendship to impose on their sovereignty, for our own sovereignty is not for sale.
As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the American people. We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it – now or ever. Our forbearance should never be misunderstood.
Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will. When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act. We will maintain sufficient strength to prevail if need be, knowing that if we do so, we have the best chance of never having to use that strength.
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.
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