“对于三十岁以后的人来说，十年八年不过是指缝间的事。 而对于年轻人而言，三年五年就可以是一生一世” 这句话出自张爱玲的经典小说《半生缘》，书里开头是沈世均的内心独白“他和曼桢认识，已经是多年前的事了。算起来倒已经有十四年了——真吓人一跳！马上使他连带地觉得自己老了许多。日子过得真快，尤其对于中年以后的人，十年八年都好像是指顾间的事。可是对于年轻人，三年五载就可以是一生一世。他和曼桢从认识到分手，不过几年的工夫，这几年里面却经过这么许多事情，仿佛把生老病死一切的哀乐都经历到了。”今天在这里援引这句话却不是想探讨关于爱情的话题，而是想说说关于年轻时的选择。
选择是人一生永恒的课题，我们无时无刻不在经历着各种的选择，小到衣食住行鸡毛蒜皮，大至事业婚姻未来规划，尤其是对于二三十岁的年轻人来说，每一个大的选择都是对于后半生的奠基，甚至某种程度上来说，是一场以未来做注的一场赌局，想来不啻于世间第一的豪赌了。一旦做下了选择，便如美国诗人罗伯特·弗罗斯特(ROBERT FROST)在他的诗《未选择的路》（The Road Not Taken）中写到的：
How to Choose Rightly
“To those older than thirty, eight years or ten shall be nothing more than that has slipped through the fingers; to the young, three years or five can be equaled to a whole lifetime.” The sentence was said by Zhang Ailing in her classic novel Half Life Fate. Beginning in the book is Shen Shijun’s inner monologue, “It was already 14 years since he knew Manzhen. So scary! This made him feel old. Time flies, especially for people beyond middle age, eight years or ten years seem nothing, but to those who are young, three years or five years can be equaled to a whole lifetime. It was only a few years from their acquaintance to their break up. Over the years too many things have happened, as if I had experienced all physical sorrows.” I quoted the words here today don’t want to discuabout the topic of love, but to talk about choice when we were young. Choice is one of life's eternal topic. From trivial things such as food and clothing to marriage and the future career planning. We are experiencing all kinds of choice all the time. Especially for young people who are in their 20s and 30s, every big choice is the foundation for future life, even to some extent, a bet for future. Maybe this is the biggest gamble in the world. As was written in American poet Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken,
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Two roads diverged in a wood, and
I took the one letraveled by,
And that has made all the difference
I deem right choice as following the right person at the age of 20 and doing right things at the age of 30. We are the new entrants in our 20s, just like a piece of blank paper. We want to paint the beautiful design, but we don’t know how to start only with enthusiasm. During this period, we search and hope for clutching at a straw. With the straw, we can sure about our directions of life and see the glorious future. The society is indeed complex, we are so young and so innocent, sometimes we may lost the direction of life. It seems that people in economy society all become economists, they all have the capacity to make pancake, just as Wu Dalang. But they don’t have the characters of Wu Dalang----upright and honest. Finally, their dreams are drawing water with a sieve.
Then suddenly 30 years old, the period of following the right person. People at the age of 30 have a lot of experience in society, they have their own direction in their mind. At this time, people who has ideals should choose the career and work hard for the career. Choosing the right career is doing the right thing. If the choose is wrong, he may be far from success. If we choose
the right career and insist for 10 years, we can see the best result in our 40s, which maybe too late according to Chinese tradition that a man should be independent at the age of 30. But it is the compensation for 10 years’ hard work of a person.
Starting from 20, locating 30. We all have our own life whether we can find our answer here or not. We youngest should be aggressive and dare to do everything. Like the framework, trying hard to burn in the glorious time. As we all know, Zhang Ailing has a very famous sentence, to be known as early as possible. Her conception is that young people should do a great when they are young. Seize every minute at early years, just a few years can make a life. When middle-aged, people can hardly have the enthusiasm when they are at an early age. Eight years or ten years seem nothing. Therefore, we should seize the good time, choose career prudently and work hard.
【世贸人才网：国际贸易人才门户 更新时间： 2016-01-19 】【来源:星岛环球网】 布什告别演讲稿全文（中英文对照版） Presidential Farewell Speech
美国总统布什美国当地时间15日晚8时( 北京 时间16日上午9时)在白宫发表最后告别演说。据白宫官员透露，演说总长13分钟，共5页，布什称自己的总统任期为“在危机中取得重大成就”的时期。以下是布什告别演讲稿全文，分为布什告别演全文英文版和中文版。 布什告别演讲稿全文（英文版）
THE PRESIDENT: Fellow citizens: For eight years, it has been my honor to serve as your President. The first decade of this new century has been a period of consequence — a time set apart. Tonight, with a thankful heart, I have asked for a final opportunity to share some thoughts on the journey that we have traveled together, and the future of our nation.
Five days from now, the world will witnethe vitality of American democracy. In a tradition dating back to our founding, the presidency will pato a successor chosen by you, the American people. Standing on the steps of the Capitol will be a man whose history reflects the enduring promise of our land. This is a moment of hope and pride for our whole nation. And I join all Americans in offering best wishes to President-Elect Obama, his wife Michelle, and their two beautiful girls.
Tonight I am filled with gratitude — to Vice President Cheney and members of my administration; to Laura, who brought joy to this house and love to my life; to our wonderful daughters, Barbara and Jenna; to my parents, whose examples have provided strength for a lifetime. And above all, I thank the American people for the trust you have given me. I thank you for the prayers that have lifted my spirits. And I thank you for the countleacts of courage, generosity, and grace that I have witnessed these past eight years.
This evening, my thoughts return to the first night I addressed you from this house — September the 11th, 2001. That morning, terrorists took nearly 3,000 lives in the worst attack on America since Pearl Harbor. I remember standing in the rubble of the World Trade Center three days later, surrounded by rescuers who had been working around the clock. I remember talking to brave souls who charged through smoke-filled corridors at the Pentagon, and to husbands and wives whose loved ones became heroes aboard Flight 93. I remember Arlene Howard, who gave me her fallen son’s police shield as a reminder of all that was lost. And I still carry his badge.
As the years passed, most Americans were able to return to life much as it had been before 9/11. But I never did. Every morning, I received a briefing on the threats to our nation. I vowed to do everything in my power to keep us safe.
Over the past seven years, a new Department of Homeland Security has been created. The military, the intelligence community, and the FBI have been transformed. Our nation is equipped with new tools to monitor the terrorists’ movements, freeze their finances, and break up their plots. And with strong allies at our side, we have taken the fight to the terrorists and those who support them. Afghanistan has gone from a nation where the Taliban harbored al Qaeda and stoned women in the streets to a young democracy that is fighting terror and encouraging girls to go to school. Iraq has gone from a brutal dictatorship and a sworn enemy of America to an Arab democracy at the heart of the Middle East and a friend of the United States.
There is legitimate debate about many of these decisions. But there can be little debate about the results. America has gone more than seven years without another terrorist attack on our soil. This is a tribute to those who toil night and day to keep us safe — law enforcement officers,
intelligence analysts, homeland security and diplomatic personnel, and the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.
Our nation is blessed to have citizens who volunteer to defend us in this time of danger. I have cherished meeting these selflepatriots and their families. And America owes you a debt of gratitude. And to all our men and women in uniform listening tonight: There has been no higher honor than serving as your Commander-in-Chief.
The battles waged by our troops are part of a broader struggle between two dramatically different systems. Under one, a small band of fanatics demands total obedience to an oppressive ideology, condemns women to subservience, and marks unbelievers for murder. The other system is based on the conviction that freedom is the universal gift of Almighty God, and that liberty and justice light the path to peace.
This is the belief that gave birth to our nation. And in the long run, advancing this belief is the only practical way to protect our citizens. When people live in freedom, they do not willingly choose leaders who pursue campaigns of terror. When people have hope in the future, they will not cede their lives to violence and extremism. So around the world, America is promoting human liberty, human rights, and human dignity. We’re standing with dissidents and young democracies, providing AIDS medicine to dying patients — to bring dying patients back to life, and sparing mothers and babies from malaria. And this great republic born alone in liberty is leading the world toward a new age when freedom belongs to all nations.
For eight years, we’ve also strived to expand opportunity and hope here at home. Acroour country, students are rising to meet higher standards in public schools. A new Medicare prescription drug benefit is bringing peace of mind to seniors and the disabled. Every taxpayer pays lower income taxes. The addicted and suffering are finding new hope through faith-based programs. Vulnerable human life is better protected. Funding for our veterans has nearly doubled. America’s air and water and lands are measurably cleaner. And the federal bench includes wise new members like Justice Sam Alito and Chief Justice John Roberts.
When challenges to our prosperity emerged, we rose to meet them. Facing the prospect of a financial collapse, we took decisive measures to safeguard our economy. These are very tough times for hardworking families, but the toll would be far worse if we had not acted. All Americans are in this together. And together, with determination and hard work, we will restore our economy to the path of growth. We will show the world once again the resilience of America’s free enterprise system.
Like all who have held this office before me, I have experienced setbacks. There are things I would do differently if given the chance. Yet I’ve always acted with the best interests of our country in mind. I have followed my conscience and done what I thought was right. You may not agree with some of the tough decisions I have made. But I hope you can agree that I was willing to make the tough decisions.
The decades ahead will bring more hard choices for our country, and there are some guiding principles that should shape our course.
While our nation is safer than it was seven years ago, the gravest threat to our people remains another terrorist attack. Our enemies are patient, and determined to strike again. America did nothing to seek or deserve this conflict. But we have been given solemn responsibilities, and we must meet them. We must resist complacency. We must keep our resolve. And we must never let down our guard.
At the same time, we must continue to engage the world with confidence and clear purpose. In the face of threats from abroad, it can be tempting to seek comfort by turning inward. But we must reject isolationism and its companion, protectionism. Retreating behind our borders would only invite danger. In the 21st century, security and prosperity at home depend on the expansion of liberty abroad. If America does not lead the cause of freedom, that cause will not be led.
As we addrethese challenges — and others we cannot foresee tonight — America must maintain our moral clarity. I’ve often spoken to you about good and evil, and this has made some uncomfortable. But good and evil are present in this world, and between the two of them there can be no compromise. Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere. Freeing people from oppression and despair is eternally right. This nation must continue to speak out for justice and truth. We must always be willing to act in their defense — and to advance the cause of peace.
President Thomas Jefferson once wrote, “I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” As I leave the house he occupied two centuries ago, I share that optimism. America is a young country, full of vitality, constantly growing and renewing itself. And even in the toughest times, we lift our eyes to the broad horizon ahead.
I have confidence in the promise of America because I know the character of our people. This is a nation that inspires immigrants to risk everything for the dream of freedom. This is a nation where citizens show calm in times of danger, and compassion in the face of suffering. We see examples of America’s character all around us. And Laura and I have invited some of them to join us in the White House this evening.
We see America’s character in Dr. Tony Recasner, a principal who opened a new charter school from the ruins of Hurricane Katrina. We see it in Julio Medina, a former inmate who leads a faith-based program to help prisoners returning to society. We’ve seen it in Staff Sergeant Aubrey McDade, who charged into an ambush in Iraq and rescued three of his fellow Marines.
We see America’s character in Bill Krissoff — a surgeon from California. His son, Nathan — a Marine — gave his life in Iraq. When I met Dr. Krissoff and his family, he delivered some surprising news: He told me he wanted to join the Navy Medical Corps in honor of his son. This good man was 60 years old — 18 years above the age limit. But his petition for a waiver was granted, and for the past year he has trained in battlefield medicine. Lieutenant Commander Krissoff could not be here tonight, because he will soon deploy to Iraq, where he will help save America’s wounded warriors — and uphold the legacy of his fallen son.
In citizens like these, we see the best of our country - resilient and hopeful, caring and strong. These virtues give me an unshakable faith in America. We have faced danger and trial, and there’s more ahead. But with the courage of our people and confidence in our ideals, this great nation will never tire, never falter, and never fail.
It has been the privilege of a lifetime to serve as your President. There have been good days and tough days. But every day I have been inspired by the greatneof our country, and uplifted by the goodneof our people. I have been blessed to represent this nation we love. And I will always be honored to carry a title that means more to me than any other - citizen of the United States of America.
And so, my fellow Americans, for the final time: Good night. May God blethis house and our next President. And may God bleyou and our wonderful country. Thank you. (Applause.)布什告别演讲稿全文(译文，中文版）
在过去七年，一个新的国土安全部成立了。军队、情报界以及FBI已经警告改造。我们的国家装备了新的工具去监控恐怖分子的活动，冻结他们的 金融 ，打破他们的阴谋。而且在强大盟友的支持下，我们向恐怖分子以及那些支持他们的人们发起了战斗。
很多这些 决定 引起合法性的争论，但其结果却是无须争论的。七年多里，美国领土没有再遭遇又一次恐怖袭击。这要归功于那些日夜辛勤工作保卫我们的安全的人们——执法人员，情报分析家，国土安全和外交人员，以及美国武装部队的男女成员。
我们的部队发起的战斗属于更为广泛的、两种根本不同的 制度 之间的斗争的一部分。在其中一种 制度 下，一小撮狂热分子要求全体服从一种压制性的意识形态，迫使妇女卑屈，杀害不信仰者。而另一种 制度 则是基于这样的信念：自由是万能的上帝赋予所有人的礼物，自由与正义照亮和平之路。
这是我们的立国信仰。从长期来看，推广这种信仰是保护我们公民的唯一可行 办法 。当人们生活在自由之中，他们就不会愿意选择追求恐怖主义运动的领袖。当人们对未来充满希望，他们就不会愿意把生命交给暴力与极端主义。
透过以信仰为基础的项目，上瘾者与受苦者找到了新希望。脆弱的生命得到更好的保护。用于退伍军人的资金几乎翻了一番。美国的空气、水和陆地更加清洁。而且联邦法官席上有了像法官阿利托(Sam Alito)和首席法官罗伯茨(John Roberts)这样睿智的新成员。
当我们的繁荣面临挑战，我们起来面对。面对 金融 崩溃的前景，我们采取了果断措施保护我们的经济。努力工作的家庭面临非常困难的时刻，但如果我们不采取行动，损失会严重得多。所有美国人团结在一起，凭着决心以及努力的工作，我们将让经济重上增长之路。我们将再一次向世界展示美国自由企业体系的弹性。
和此前负责这个办公室所有人一样，我曾经历挫折。如果还有机会，在一些事情上我会改变做法。然而，我在做事的时候总是心怀我们国家的最佳利益。我按照我的良心，并做了我认为正确的事情。你可能不会同意我所作出的一些艰难 决定 。但我希望你们明白我愿意作出这些艰难的 决定 。
我们看到里卡斯钠博士(Dr. Tony Recasner)的美国特质，这位校长在卡特里娜飓风的废墟中开办一所新的特许学校。我们看到麦地那(Julio Medina)身上的美国特质，这位前囚犯带领一个以信仰为基础的项目，帮助囚犯重回社会。我们在上士麦达德(Staff Sergeant Aubrey McDade)身上的美国特质，他负责伊拉克的一次埋伏并拯救了三名同伴的海军陆战队队员。 我们在克里斯托夫(Bill Krissoff)这位来自加州的外科医生身上看到美国特质。他的儿子内森(Nathan)是一位海军陆战队队员，在伊拉克献出了生命。当我和克里斯托夫及其家人会面时，他带来了一些令人吃惊的新闻：他告诉我，他像加入海军医疗队以纪念他的儿子。这位好人60岁了——比年龄上限大了18岁。
First Inaugural Addreof Ronald Reagan
TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 1981
Senator Hatfield, Mr. Chief Justice, Mr. President, Vice President Bush, Vice
President Mondale, Senator Baker, Speaker O'Neill, Reverend Moomaw, and my fellow citizens: To a few of us here today, this is a solemn and most momentous occasion; and yet, in the history of our Nation, it is a commonplace occurrence. The orderly transfer of authority as called for in the Constitution routinely takes place as it has for almost two centuries and few of us stop to think how unique we really are. In the eyes of many in the world, this every-4-year ceremony we accept as normal is nothing lethan a miracle. Mr. President, I want our fellow citizens to know how much you did to carry on this tradition. By your gracious cooperation in the transition process, you have shown a watching world that we are a united people pledged to maintaining a political system which guarantees individual liberty to a greater degree than any other, and I thank you and your people for all your help in maintaining the continuity which is the bulwark of our Republic.
The busineof our nation goes forward. These United States are confronted with an economic affliction of great proportions. We suffer from the longest and one of the worst sustained inflations in our national history. It distorts our economic decisions, penalizes thrift, and crushes the struggling young and the fixed- income elderly alike. It threatens to shatter the lives of millions of our people.
Idle industries have cast workers into unemployment, causing human misery and personal indignity. Those who do work are denied a fair return for their labor by a tax system which penalizes successful achievement and keeps us from maintaining full productivity.
But great as our tax burden is, it has not kept pace with public spending. For decades, we have piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children's future for the temporary convenience of the present. To continue this long trend is to guarantee tremendous social, cultural, political, and economic upheavals.
You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we are not bound by that same limitation?
We must act today in order to preserve tomorrow. And let there be no
misunderstanding--we are going to begin to act, beginning today.
The economic ills we suffer have come upon us over several decades. They will not go away in days, weeks, or months, but they will go away. They will go away because we, as Americans, have the capacity now, as we have had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom.
In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem.
From time to time, we have been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together,
in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price.
We hear much of special interest groups. Our concern must be for a special interest group that has been too long neglected. It knows no sectional boundaries or ethnic and racial divisions, and it crosses political party lines. It is made up of men and women who raise our food, patrol our streets, man our mines and our factories, teach our children, keep our homes, and heal us when we are sick--professionals, industrialists, shopkeepers, clerks, cabbies, and truckdrivers. They are, in short, "We the people," this breed called Americans.
Well, this administration's objective will be a healthy, vigorous, growing economy that provides equal opportunity for all Americans, with no barriers born of bigotry or
discrimination. Putting America back to work means putting all Americans back to work. Ending inflation means freeing all Americans from the terror of runaway living costs. All must share in the productive work of this "new beginning" and all must share in the bounty of a revived economy. With the idealism and fair play which are the core of our system and our strength, we can have a strong and prosperous America at peace with itself and the world.
So, as we begin, let us take inventory. We are a nation that has a government--not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our Government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.
It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the Federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the Federal Government and those reserved to the States or to the people. All of us need to be
reminded that the Federal Government did not create the States; the States created the Federal Government.
Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it is not my intention to do away with government. It is, rather, to make it work-work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.
If we look to the answer as to why, for so many years, we achieved so much,
prospered as no other people on Earth, it was because here, in this land, we unleashed the energy and individual genius of man to a greater extent than has ever been done before. Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on Earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay that price.
It is no coincidence that our present troubles parallel and are proportionate to the intervention and intrusion in our lives that result from unnecessary and excessive growth of government. It is time for us to realize that we are too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We are not, as some would have us believe, loomed to an inevitable
decline. I do not believe in a fate that will all on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. So, with all the creative energy at our command, let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew; our faith and our hope.
We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we are in a time when there are no heroes just don't know where to look. You can see heroes every day going in and out of factory gates. Others, a handful in number, produce enough food to feed all of us and then the world beyond. You meet heroes acroa counter--and they are on both sides of that counter. There are entrepreneurs with faith in themselves and faith in an idea who create new jobs, new wealth and opportunity. They are individuals and
families whose taxes support the Government and whose voluntary gifts support church, charity, culture, art, and education. Their patriotism is quiet but deep. Their values sustain our national life.
I have used the words "they" and "their" in speaking of these heroes. I could say "you" and "your" because I am addressing the heroes of whom I speak--you, the citizens of this blessed land. Your dreams, your hopes, your goals are going to be the dreams, the hopes, and the goals of this administration, so help me God.
We shall reflect the compassion that is so much a part of your makeup. How can we love our country and not love our countrymen, and loving them, reach out a hand when they fall, heal them when they are sick, and provide opportunities to make them self- sufficient so they will be equal in fact and not just in theory?
Can we solve the problems confronting us? Well, the answer is an unequivocal and emphatic "yes." To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I did not take the oath I have just taken with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the world's strongest economy. In the days ahead I will propose removing the roadblocks that have slowed our economy and reduced productivity. Steps will be taken aimed at restoring the balance between the various levels of government. Progremay be slow--measured in inches
and feet, not miles--but we will progress. Is it time to reawaken this industrial giant, to get government back within its means, and to lighten our punitive tax burden. And these will be our first priorities, and on these principles, there will be no compromise.
On the eve of our struggle for independence a man who might have been one of the greatest among the Founding Fathers, Dr. Joseph Warren, President of the
Massachusetts Congress, said to his fellow Americans, "Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of.... On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the
important questions upon which rests the happineand the liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves."
Well, I believe we, the Americans of today, are ready to act worthy of ourselves,
ready to do what must be done to ensure happineand liberty for ourselves, our children and our children's children.
And as we renew ourselves here in our own land, we will be seen as having greater strength throughout the world. We will again be the exemplar of freedom and a beacon of hope for those who do not now have freedom.
To those neighbors and allies who share our freedom, we will strengthen our historic ties and assure them of our support and firm commitment. We will match loyalty with loyalty. We will strive for mutually beneficial relations. We will not use our friendship to impose on their sovereignty, for or own sovereignty is not for sale.
As for the enemies of freedom, those who are potential adversaries, they will be reminded that peace is the highest aspiration of the American people. We will negotiate for it, sacrifice for it; we will not surrender for it--now or ever.
Our forbearance should never be misunderstood. Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will. When action is required to preserve our national
security, we will act. We will maintain sufficient strength to prevail if need be, knowing that if we do so we have the best chance of never having to use that strength.
Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today's world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors. I am told that tens of thousands of prayer meetings are being held on this day, and for that I am deeply grateful. We are a nation under God, and I believe God intended for us to be free. It would be fitting and good, I think, if on each Inauguration Day in future years it should be declared a day of prayer.
This is the first time in history that this ceremony has been held, as you have been told, on this West Front of the Capitol. Standing here, one faces a magnificent vista,
opening up on this city's special beauty and history. At the end of this open mall are those shrines to the giants on whose shoulders we stand.
Directly in front of me, the monument to a monumental man: George Washington, Father of our country. A man of humility who came to greatnereluctantly. He led America out of revolutionary victory into infant nationhood. Off to one side, the stately memorial to Thomas Jefferson. The Declaration of Independence flames with his eloquence.
And then beyond the Reflecting Pool the dignified columns of the Lincoln Memorial. Whoever would understand in his heart the meaning of America will find it in the life of Abraham Lincoln.
Beyond those monuments to heroism is the Potomac River, and on the far shore the sloping hills of Arlington National Cemetery with its row on row of simple white markers bearing crosses or Stars of David. They add up to only a tiny fraction of the price that has been paid for our freedom.
Each one of those markers is a monument to the kinds of hero I spoke of earlier. Their lives ended in places called Belleau Wood, The Argonne, Omaha Beach, Salerno and halfway around the world on Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Pork Chop Hill, the Chosin Reservoir, and in a hundred rice paddies and jungles of a place called Vietnam.
Under one such marker lies a young man--Martin Treptow--who left his job in a small town barber shop in 1917 to go to France with the famed Rainbow Division. There, on the western front, he was killed trying to carry a message between battalions under heavy artillery fire.
We are told that on his body was found a diary. On the flyleaf under the heading, "My Pledge," he had written these words: "America must win this war. Therefore, I will work, I will save, I will sacrifice, I will endure, I will fight cheerfully and do my utmost, as if the issue of the whole struggle depended on me alone."
The crisis we are facing today does not require of us the kind of sacrifice that Martin Treptow and so many thousands of others were called upon to make. It does require, however, our best effort, and our willingneto believe in ourselves and to believe in our
capacity to perform great deeds; to believe that together, with God's help, we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us.
And, after all, why shouldn't we believe that? We are Americans. God bleyou, and thank you.