Today is the birthday of a truly great man. He loved God and state, and he always put the needs of others before his own desires. He was an engineer, a soldier, and a general. He lead by example, and his men loved him. His military skill was almost unequaled in the annals of history. His enemies respected him. President Ford restored his U.S. citizenship (taken away because of his service in the War) after 110 years, and it was acclaimed as long overdue. Get his biography here.
And yet, today, on his birthday, no schools take classes off to reflect on his services. No parades are thrown in his honor. There are a few states that have holidays today. Virginia. Florida (of all places). But they are marginalized. And yet, earlier this week, the entire country took off of school and threw parades and felt good about themselves in honor of a plagiarizing womanizer.
But then I started thinking. Lee wouldn’t have wanted a parade in his honor. If you’d tried to point to the great things he’d done, he’d merely point to his men, his generals, his God. He was not interested in personal glory. I’m sure his first reaction would be to ask that no parades be held, that school stay in, that we not think of him but of God.
The education of a man is never completed until he dies.
I am thankful for the life of this great hero. May God bless us all with his patience and faith.
The gentleman does not needlessly and unnecessarily remind an offender of a wrong he may have committed against him. He can not only forgive; he can forget; and he strives for that nobleness of self and mildness of character which imparts sufficient strength to let the past be put the past.