Celebrate their greatness

As we celebrate Presidents Day this week, we need to take a look back in the history of this country remembering our great presidents. We need to honor them, celebrate them, and be reminded of what they have contributed to our freedom to help preserve it for these 200 plus years.

I recall presidents dating back to the 32nd President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who presided from1933 to 1945. As a young child I remember his “Fireside Chats” and the encouragement he brought to this nation during the time of the Great Depression followed by the great conflict of World War II. A notable quote of his during that era was, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” This is sound advice for this time of our uncertainties.

The 34th president, Dwight D. Eisenhower, was one of the nation’s greatest generals. He was elected as president in 1953. I believe Eisenhower will go down in history as one of our greatest presidents. During his term this country was at peace. What nation would want to declare a war against a powerful general? This is not a proven fact, but this could have been a contributing factor to our peaceful era. I was a young adult during his presidency, but I recall the sense of peace and safety that the nation experienced during that period. Any president of this great United States of America has been long considered a world leader and that carries with it a measure of influence unlike any other. Eisenhower sat in the Oval Office carrying a strong sense of reverence for God, often thanking Him for his Divine Providence. Eisenhower added the phrase “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. He demonstrated what we all look for: a father image of our country. I have always appreciated his policy of, “I never make a decision until all of the facts are in.” Sound advice.

The 28th president, Woodrow Wilson presided from 1913 to 1921. He said, “I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than a rich nation that ceased to be in love with liberty.”

During this time of unprecedented upheaval, it will do us well to think on the importance of our core values and stand on the side of right. We need to weather the storm, stay the course, and strengthen our resolve with a firm footing, not allowing our feet to slip.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said in his poem “A Psalm of Life”:

"The lives of great men all remind us

We can make our lives sublime,

And, departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of time."

The fire of liberty burns in our hearts and it must be continually rekindled by people of great faith.

Story First Published: 2021-02-12