The Events

"Have you considered the fact that Americans are a nation of forgetters?  We are neglectful as a whole people in teaching lessons in patriotism.  Are we blind to the fact that we are strangling, crushing – yes, even burying inherent love of country when we withhold from our children the rich memories of the past, even in our own individual lives?  If this be true, then how much more when we fail to keep before them that which is not solely the heritage of one family, but the common legacy of a whole nation.”
 
Benjamin Arnold, Private, Company C, 35th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, written in 1909 (taken from Sunshine and Shadows in the Life of a Private Soldier. Dayton: Curt Dalton, 1995 reprint of original 1909 newspaper articles).
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