But how do we best remember them, and in what spirit of heart and mind? How can we honor their sacrifice, made on our behalf? Not, to be sure, solely by dwelling upon their past deeds. We the living must ourselves act to preserve, perfect, and perpetuate what they have safely passed down to us. But if we are to be able to appreciate and transmit their legacy, we must pause long enough to learn and remember what they did and, above all, what they did it for—to safeguard a nation great and good, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. And if we are to learn and remember, we must learn and perpetuate also the words of those who have preserved and interpreted for us the heroic deeds of generations past.
Amy A. Kass and Leon R. Kass, along with Diana Schaub, are editors of the newly published What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song.
Recent Blog Posts