27 May Memorial Day | Renewing Our Commitment to Liberty
Memorial Day is about remembering the men and women who gave their lives for our freedom. But it’s also about renewal. We lost those we loved in the defense of liberty, the great American cause of liberty. That’s what Hillsdale College stands for, but that’s also what our country is all about. We’re founded in freedom. The cause of freedom is liberty. From the Revolution to the Civil War, that has always been at the heart of military service.
This Memorial Day take time to honor the memory of those who gave their lives for our liberty, to thank a serviceman or servicewoman for their sacrifice, and to teach someone younger the beauty of this great American tradition. Remember that your freedom was bought for you at a price, and reaffirm your commitment to liberty.
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same." –Ronald Reagan
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Hillsdale College is an independent institution of higher learning founded in 1844 by men and women “grateful to God for the inestimable blessings” resulting from civil and religious liberty and “believing that the diffusion of learning is essential to the perpetuity of these blessings.” It pursues the stated object of the founders: “to furnish all persons who wish, irrespective of nation, color, or sex, a literary, scientific, [and] theological education” outstanding among American colleges “and to combine with this such moral and social instruction as will best develop the minds and improve the hearts of its pupils.” As a nonsectarian Christian institution, Hillsdale College maintains “by precept and example” the immemorial teachings and practices of the Christian faith.
The College also considers itself a trustee of our Western philosophical and theological inheritance tracing to Athens and Jerusalem, a heritage finding its clearest expression in the American experiment of self-government under law.
By training the young in the liberal arts, Hillsdale College prepares students to become leaders worthy of that legacy. By encouraging the scholarship of its faculty, it contributes to the preservation of that legacy for future generations. By publicly defending that legacy, it enlists the aid of other friends of free civilization and thus secures the conditions of its own survival and independence.
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