Saturday, May 29, 2010

Inspired by a Hero

Who inspires you?  It is your child, your spouse, or notables who have turned tragedy into triumph?   Eric Harvey writes, "I was recently inspired by a hero and, after reading his words, I have a feeling you'll be inspired as well."

In A Tender Warrior, Lieutenant General Hal Moore, military hero, accomplished author, and national speaker on leadership, shares his letters to America:

America used to be the proud home of civility. We can be again. Seldom does civility stand alone. It is seldom a one-time act. It invites compassion and sacred honor as sister pillars. It serves others and strengthens the bond in relationships.
An unequalled pledge of sacred honor took place on April 9, 1865:
As Lee rode “Traveller” to surrender to Grant at Appomattox, Grant formed his Union troops in two lines. They stood with their swords at attention as Lee, with great dignity, progressed the final yards to the farmhouse, riding between the “formed lines of respect.” With the slow, high-lifting discipline of each hoof, leader was preparing to meet leader at his and America’s best – in the worst of times.

During the surrender, a personal movement of appreciated civility occurred: “General Lee removed his sword and handed it to General Grant, and Grant handed it back.”
After the surrender, as General Lee mounted his horse to depart, General Grant stepped down from the porch, and, moving toward Lee, saluted him by raising his hat. All officers present followed him in this act of civility, compassion and honor. Lee raised his hat respectfully, and rode off in great dignity…loving America still.
- Excerpted from WalkTheTalk.com

9 comments:

  1. Great post. Hope your weekend is extra special.

    Blessings,
    Gayle

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  2. Good post - lots of food for thought. Have a blessed holiday weekend.

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  3. Oh, this is so good. Thank you for sharing it.
    I hope you have a blessed Spiritual Sunday, and a weekend full of rememberance and relaxation.

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  4. Great post~ thank you for sharing it with us..

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  5. We need a lot more civility today. I really liked this story. Thank you for sharing it.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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  6. good post....have a great weekend.

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  7. A great example of patriotism and respect. Something we all need more of here in America. God bless you and God bless America.

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  8. Civility. Where has it gone. It is not gone completely but it is fading fast. Today's world is not like the one I grew up in. And it makes me sad. But we can't give up. We must not give up. We all must be examples of civility. Thank you for posting this splendid story. I love our country!

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