Greg Smith, KX0S, Amateur Radio Operator, Audiophile, Soldier, and Teacher


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The symbol of freedom
I am proud to be an American and a Southerner.

    In the history of our world, freedom has been a very rare luxury. We are fortunate to live in a country that was conceived in the proposition that; " All men are created equal." That governments do not give us "rights", but are instituted to protect and preserve the rights we are born with. This was a radical and unique departure from the normal course of human events, and it changed the world. Our Country is not perfect, nothing is. But, our Country is the finest that human creativity , desire, and endevor, has ever produced. 
    We have been attacked by those that would impose their will upon others without consent. I have no doubt, nor fear, that our nation will respond and liberty will prevail. We can do no less. We are, after all, Americans. History is on our side.

They are endowed by their Creator with certain
inalienable rights.

Battered, worn, Defiant.
Still waving.



Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Abraham Lincoln

Our present position has been achieved in a manner unprecedented in the history of nations. It illustrates the American idea that government rests upon the consent of the governed, and that it is the right of the people to alter or abolish a government whenever it becomes destructive of the ends for which it was established. The declared purposes of the compact of Union from which we have withdrawn were to establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity, to provide for the common defence, to promote the general welfare, and to secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity; and when in the judgment of the sovereign States now comprising this Confederacy it had been perverted from the purposes for which it was ordained, and had ceased to answer the ends for which it was established, an appeal to the ballot box declared that so far as they were concerned the government created by that compact should cease to exist. In this they merely asserted a right which the Declaration of Independence of 1776 defined to be inalienable.

Jefferson Davis

Brother against Brother
Our worst time.





The terrible resolve was fufilled.






Some of the over 618,000 that died.
All the dead were Americans.

The national nightmare was over.


Yankees, Rebels, all of us.

From every corner of the nation, they came to
destroy evil and preserve freedom.


We will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.  Franklin D. Roosevelt







For those who love freedom, this is Hallowed Ground. American cemetery in Belgium.
" When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today"


A video for them:


The Americans:

One Nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.


A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
John Stuart Mill


-- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain --

This page was completed on July 4, 2010.