The meaning of Veterans Day

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    What So Proudly We Hail
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  • What does the Veterans Day mean, and how do we properly observe it?

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  • A collection of stories, speeches, and songs examines the evolving meaning of Veterans Day

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Each November 11, our nation commemorates Veterans Day. But what does the holiday mean, and how do we properly observe it? This collection of stories, speeches, and songs examines the evolving meaning of Veterans Day, with selections by American authors such as Ambrose Bierce, Ernest Hemingway, Robert Frost, and Stephen Crane, among others, and speeches by Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Douglas MacArthur, and Ronald Reagan, to name just a few. For more stories, speeches, and songs, or to learn more about the What So Proudly We Hail project, head to www.WhatSoProudlyWeHail.org

  Veterans Day: Its Evolving Meaning
A History of Veterans Day: Its Origins and Traditions
Franklin D. Roosevelt, Address on Armistice Day
Omar N. Bradley, Armistice Day Address
John F. Kennedy, Veterans Day Remarks

The Experience of War
Going to War
George M. Cohan, "Over There"
Mark Twain, "The War Prayer"

At War
Ambrose Bierce, "A Son of the Gods"
Ernie Pyle, "Digging and Grounding"
John F. Kennedy, Letter to His Parents
John McCain, Excerpt from "Prisoner of War: A First-Person Account

Coming Home
Robert Frost, "Not to Keep"
Ernest Hemingway, "Soldier's Home"
Stephen Crane, "The Veteran"
Walt Whitman, "The Artilleryman's Vision"
Walt Whitman, "Old War-Dreams"

Reconciliation
Walt Whitman, "Reconciliation"
Bruce Catton, "The Day the Civil War Ended"

Honoring Veterans, Their Deeds, and Their Service
Public Recognition
Paul Laurence Dunbar, "The Veteran"
Douglas MacArthur, "Duty, Honor, Country"
Ronald Reagan, Speech on the Fortieth Anniversary of D-Day

Between Parents and Children
Stephanie Vaughn, Excerpt from "Kid MacArthur"

Gratitude
Joe Carter, "What a Veteran Knows"
John F. Kelly, Veterans Day Speech to the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis

 

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Leon R.
Kass
  • Leon R. Kass, M.D., is the Addie Clark Harding Professor Emeritus in the Committee on Social Thought and the College at the University of Chicago and the Madden-Jewett Chair at AEI. He was the chairman of the President's Council on Bioethics from 2001 to 2005. He has been engaged for more than 40 years with ethical and philosophical issues raised by biomedical advances and, more recently, with broader moral and cultural issues. His most recent book, What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song, seeks to promote American identity, character and citizenship. Along with co-editors Amy Kass and Diana Schaub, Dr. Kass is presently working to expand this project by creating video discussions and curricula materials that demonstrate how short stories can be used to enhance our understanding of the Meaning of America.
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    Email: lkass@aei.org
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