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Memorial Day 2010

Dearest Myllin, you are remembered and missed this Memorial Day
and always by all of us who knew and loved you.
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God and Country

Did our Founding Fathers believe in God?  If you read The 5000 Year Leap by W.Cleon Skousen and The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins you will be amazed at how elusive the truth is. Scientists who theorize that all the matter in a galaxy can indeed be contained in an infinitely small black hole cannot fathom the existence of God?  Atheists and agnostics indict religion as the cause of horrific evil over the course of history;  I submit that religion no more causes holocausts than guns shoot people.  Evil men of free will do hijack religions to pursue their insatiable lust for power….I think they even have a name for that, it’s called SIN!
I cite for your reference, the following inspirational web pages, with the caveat that they represent only what I personally choose to believe!  Forsaken Roots and  My Statue of Liberty
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Longing for old fashioned values

Thanks to Ron Henrich, Myllin’s cousin, for this story from Myllin’s youth. 
One fall day 4 cousins went hunting on our Akron 80, Jerry’s son Myllin, one of Ed’s sons (don’t remember which one), Jack’s son Jim,, and me.  During the hunt a fox jumped up, Myllin shot and rolled the fox but he ran a short distance to his den.  We were sure he was hit hard and wanted to dig him out. Myllin ran to the farmer who lived across the road from the southeast corner of our 80 and borrowed an old beat up spade.  We found the dead fox about 3 feet down but in the process broke the rotten spade handle.  When Myllin returned the spade the farmer wanted a new spade.  Somehow dad (Duke) got this story and the problem went away.  Sometime later I asked Dad what ever happened about the rotten spade.  It seems that 2 years earlier this farmer moved to this rental farm with a young family and went to Dad asking for some oat seed to plant his spring crop.  He had no money to pay for the seed.  Dad said he had a young family and not to worry about it but to remember to do someone else a favor sometime.  Dad said, "I just asked if he wanted a new spade or to pay for the oats."  I still miss my father and his values. 
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The Ten Cannots

    1. You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    2. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    3. You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
    4. You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
    5. You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    6. You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
    7. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
    8. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
    9. You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
    10. And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves
                                                                       Rev. William J. H. Boetcker (1873-1962)
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No Man is an Island

"All mankind is of one author, and is one volume; when one man dies, one chapter is not torn out of the book, but translated into a better language; and every chapter must be so translated…….No man is an island, entire of itself…any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee."    ….John Donne. English Metaphysical Poet

These words inspired the lyrics to the Joan Baez song,

No man is an island, No man stands alone,
Each man’s joy is joy to me, each man’s grief is my own.

We need one another, so I will defend,
Each man as my brother, each man as my friend.

Reading these words brings to mind the memory of Myllin and all the courageous men and women whose sacrifice translates subsequent chapters in the story of mankind into a better language, a story of life and liberty for those they left behind.  Whenever a soldier dies, the bell tolls for us all!

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Break the Silence

We Remember, and we have learned.
Thirty seven years ago on June 23rd, 1970, Myllin Gerald Henrich was KIA in Cambodia.  He died because we stood silently by while the flower children, the press and the politicians dictated the course of the war.  If he could talk to us today, he would tell us to BREAK the SILENCE.  Take to the streets and cover the rear flank of our troops in the Middle East.  It is up to us to fight the War on Terror on the homefront, if not us, who?  If not now, when?
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When disdain turns to outrage the Eagles Soar

“That the so-called conservative, uncomfortably disdainful of controversy, seldom has the energy to fight his battles, while the radical, so often a member of the minority, exerts disproportionate influence because of his dedication to his cause." 
                                                                                                                  William F. Buckley, Jr. in God and Man at Yale
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Lessons of History: Deja Vu

This post is from the Gathering of Eagles website, published here with permission of the author.  It illustrates the need to cover the backs of our troops on the home front.  That is what is meant by supporting the troops.
…..we needed an organization such as the GOE (Gathering of Eagles), and its dedicated organizers and leadership back during the Vietnam war, a war we won in 1968 when our death toll was lower than 10,000.  We had won the war after Tet.  48,000 more died because Walter Cronkrite went on his news broadcast, took off his glasses, looked America in the eye, and told them the war was lost, that to continue to fight was futile.  That was a blatant lie, but the Left ate it up. The Communist sympathizing protesters redoubled their efforts, and the defeatists in Congress ratcheted up the pressure to cut and run.  This all came as a BIG surprise to General Giap, the North Vietnamese General who ran the North Vietnamese war machine, an army that had been to badly mauled in the Tet offensive of 1968 that he was ready to SUE FOR PEACE.
    Tet of ’68 was a major defeat for the Communist North and by Giap’s own words in his book that came out in 1986, a few years before his death, the North was ready to sue for peace, to surrender.  The same defeat Cronkrite used to tell the world the war was lost, and 48,000 more American servicmen died for that lie.  We could have used the GOE back then.  We damned sure need this organization now.  With or without the distraction of malcontents.  Stay the course Kit…stay the course Eagles.  We are having an impact on the way this society percieves the Looney Left.  For the first time there is a voice coming from the silent majority, a firm, sane, and patriotic voice.  Keep that voice alive!  Let’s make GOE II, a million motorcycle event, with millions more in attendance, carry our message of support for our troops and their Mission all around the world!  We need to send a CLEAR MESSAGE to Al Qaeda, to Congress, and to the Left Wing Socialists/Communists of today’s war….We will not abandon the Mission and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  Never again will we allow the left wing’s  agenda to endanger our servicemen, or a traitorous Congress to hinder them in the their mission.  Nency Pelosi and Murtha be damned!  The War on Terror is not lost, nor is the front line of that war lost in Iraq.  
      God Bless the USA and God Bless our troops!   Drive on Eagles!
A/4th/503rd Airborne Infantry
173d Airborne Brigade (SEP)
Vietnam 68/69
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Gathering of Eagles, March 17, 2007 Washington D.C.

In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.   
                                               Martin Luther King, Jr.
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