John Maynard Harlan, Before the Creve Coeur Club, Peoria, Illinois, February 22, 1917 by John Maynard Harlan
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Excerpt from Reconsecration: Speech by John Maynard Harlan, Before the Creve Coeur Club, Peoria, Illinois, February 22, 1917On the anniversary of the birth of Washington, the thoughts of Americans torn naturally to the times of the foundation of ourMoreExcerpt from Reconsecration: Speech by John Maynard Harlan, Before the Creve Coeur Club, Peoria, Illinois, February 22, 1917On the anniversary of the birth of Washington, the thoughts of Americans torn naturally to the times of the foundation of our Republic. We contemplate reverently the high spirit, the stubborn courage, the unselfish devotion of the revolutionary patriots. They inspire and exalt us. We resolve that the sacrifices and sufferings of the fathers shall not, in our time at least, be rendered vain. We tell ourselves that what Washington created, we shall perpetuate at all costs and at every hazard. We determine that we shall hand down to our posterity the independence given us by the men of seventy-six, complete and perfect just as we received it. We silently dedicate ourselves to the principles of liberty set forth in the Declaration of Independence. We feel ourselves ready to do all and suffer all, to uphold, anywhere and everywhere, the sovereignty of the United States, as against any and every challenger. On Washingtons Birthday, we, as a nation, are as great, spiritually, as we are materially. We are lifted out of ourselves, by reflecting upon the lives and works of the mighty and imperishable dead.With too many of us, however, the access of patriotism which we experience on Washingtons Birthday is fitful and fleeting. It is not of the stuff of which Washingtons patriotism was made. It is a mere emotion. On the morrow, it is fading. On the next succeeding day, it is dead and forgotten. It induces no action. It is not practical patriotism. It does not lead us actually to imitate the deeds of Washington and his contemporaries. It does not cause us to render any service to our country. We must draw from this Washingtons Birthday a more serviceable inspiration.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.