Sermon on Iwo Jima

Religious Service on Iwo Jima

Somehow I doubt that these men thought that they were fighting a war so that leftist fellow travelers and useful idiots could trample the very ideals and freedoms that so many of these men died to defend.

I ran across this moving sermon by Rabbi Roland B. Gittelsohn (there were 1,500 or so Jewish Marines out of the 70,000 or so men fighting the Japanese on Iwo Jima). Rabbi Gittelsohn passed away in 1995 but his words live on:

Here lie men who loved America because their ancestors generations ago helped in her founding. And other men who loved her with equal passion because they themselves or their own fathers escaped from oppression to her blessed shores. Here lie officers and men, Negroes and Whites, rich men and poor, together. Here are Protestants, Catholics, and Jews together. Here no man prefers another because of his faith or despises him because of his color. Here there are no quotas of how many from each group are admitted or allowed. Among these men there is no discrimination. No prejudices. No hatred. Theirs is the highest and purest democracy…

Whosoever of us lifts his hand in hate against a brother, or who thinks himself superior to those who happen to be in the minority, makes of this ceremony and the bloody sacrifice it commemorates, an empty, hollow mockery. To this then, as our solemn sacred duty, do we the living now dedicate ourselves: To the right of Protestants, Catholics, and Jews, of White men and Negroes alike, to enjoy the democracy for which all of them have here paid the price…

We here solemnly swear this shall not be in vain. Out of this and from the suffering and sorrow of those who mourn this, will come, we promise, the birth of a new freedom for the sons of men everywhere.

Amen and amen.

May God bless the United States of America.

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