|Letter from President Ronald
THE WHITE HOUSE
March 18, 1987
I am proud to send greetings to everyone gathered to
commemorate Patrick Henry's unique role in the founding
of our Nation, and to dedicate his beloved Red Hill
home as the Red Hill National Patrick Henry Memorial.
Eyewitnesses thought Patrick Henry the most electrifying
orator of his age. In March 1775, he struck the spark
that set the South aflame with revolutionary fervor.
Ever after, Americans and all who would be free have
thrilled at the words that brought Virginia into the
battle: "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as
to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?
Forbid it! Almighty God!" And then the cry that
every schoolboy and schoolgirl once knew, and that should
be burned into our hearts if we are to remain what Patrick
Henry helped make us: "I know not what course others
may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me
I take a moment to pause with you in memory of the
brave legions of Americans through two centuries who
have made Patrick Henry's words their own and paid the
supreme sacrifice for our Nation.
Everyone connected with this Memorial deserves his
countrymen's heartfelt gratitude for giving Patrick
Henry, an immortal American, such an appropriate honor.
Congratulations and God bless you -- and God bless America.
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