Historian and Author Tom Perry's thoughts on history and anything that comes to mind.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day Remarks At Rocky Mount VA

Here are my remarks from the Memorial Day Ceremony at Rocky Mount Virginia yesterday, May 29, 2010.

"In stories about the war I try to show all the different sides of it, taking it slowly and honestly and examining it from many ways. So never think one story represents my viewpoint because it is much too complicated for that."
Ernest Hemingway wrote these words and today I want to use his words and my experiences over the last twenty years researching the many aspects of war to tell you about some men, all dead now who deserve to be remembered on Memorial Day. Most gave their lives. All gave their service.
Today, I would like to share the stories of some of the people, who over the last twenty years I have studied who gave what Abraham Lincoln said was the “last full measure of devotion.” These are men who it was my great honor to cross paths in researching history. Ernest Hemingway once wrote, "The world is a fine place and worth fighting for."

Read the entire speech here

Read more about the men from Patrick County who gave all.


World War Two and Bull Mountain Plane Crash

Civil War

American Revolution and before

Wall of Honor in Administration Building

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