Sunday, December 25, 2005

The Battle of Trenton

Two hundred and twenty-nine years ago today, General George Washington led the ragged remnants of the colonial army to a last-ditch, do or die, surprise raid against British and Hessian troops in Trenton, New Jersey. Victory was a long shot at best; failure would end the Revolutionary War that day. Still, Washington pressed forward.

Take a few minutes to read this story and then think about our modern day soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world. They are the inheritors of those incalculably brave and determined men that frozen morning over two hundred years ago.

They fight today as they fought then: for government of, by and for the people. They fought for words and principles, but they fought with guns. Do not forget that.

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