Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 26, 1976 · Page 26
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 26

Carroll, Iowa
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Friday, March 26, 1976
Page 26
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"Grateful to Almighty God for the blessings which, through Jesus Christ our Lord, he has conferred on my beloved country in her emancipation, and on myself in permitting me under circumstances of mercy to live to the age of eighty-nine years, and to survive the fiftieth year of American Independence adopted by Congress on the 4th of July, 1776, which I originally subscribed on the 2nd of August of the same year, and of which I am now the last surviving signer. I do now here recommend to the present and future generations the principles of that important document as the best earthly inheritance their ancestors could bequeth to them, and pray that the civil and religious liberties that have secured to my country may be perpetuated to the remotest posterity and extend to the whole family of man." Charles Carroll "Let our object be our country, our whole country, and nothing but our country. And, by the blessing of God, may that country itself become a vast and splendid monument, not of oppression and terror, but of wisdom, of peace, and of liberty, upon which the world may gaze with admiration forever." Daniel Webster ''Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone. The people themselves therefore are its only safe depositories." Thomas Jefferson "Go, seeker, if you will, throughout the land and you will find us burning in the night ... To every man his chance, to every man, regardless of h'is birth, his shining' golden opportunity — to every man the right to live, to work, to be himself, and to become whatever thing his manhood and his vision can combine to make him — this, seeker, is the promise of America." Thomas Wolfe "What constitutes the bulwark of our own liberty and independence? It is not our frowning battlements, our bristling sea coasts, our army and our navy. These are not our reliance against tyranny. All of these may be turned against us without making us weaker for the struggle. "Our reliance is in the love of liberty which God has planted in us. Our defense is in the spirit which primed liberty as the heritage of all men, in all lands everywhere. Destroy this spirit and you have planted the seeds of despotism at your door. Familiarize yourselves with the chains of bondage and you prepare your own limbs to wear them. "Accustomed to trample on the rights of others, you have lost the genius of your own independence and become the fit subjects of the first cunning tyrant who rises among you." Abraham Lincoln "Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans — born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage — and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world ... "The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can to for your country. "My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will • do ' for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man." John F. Kennedy \ Long May It Wave.... . . . The Star- Spangled Banner streams over the land of the free and the home of the brave, two centuries after the founding of this nation. As we look back on our history —that first struggle for independence and subsequent struggles to build a nation — we can be proud of the many great achievements of the past, while we look forward to the ' •continued efforts of Americans in the years ahead to make our forefathers' dream be fully realized. Theirs was a vision — a vision of,"One nation indivisible, with Liberty and Justice for all." SAVINGS BANK Dedham Carroll Lanesboro

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