George Washington wrote his Farewell Address as an open letter to “The People of the United States.” It was first published in the American Daily Advertiser on September 19, 1796. Soon thereafter it was republished in periodicals across the country and as a pamphlet.
Among the many ideas President Washington expressed is:
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.
We at A HIGHER CALLING – Chaplains for Veterans work to make sure that veterans and their family members continue to have the spiritual support that our first President and Commander-in-Chief thought was so important to sustaining happiness.
By dialing toll-free, (800) 80-VETS-4 [800-808-3874], any veteran from World War II to the Gulf Wars can speak to a chaplain. So can their family members. They will not be asked in which branch they served, whether they were wounded or disabled, what type of discharge they received, or if they have a religious affiliation. They will have to answer only one question:
“How may I help you?”
In honor of George Washington’s birthday please tell a veteran or friend about our program. We are available round-the-clock to speak with veterans and their family members as they transition back to civilian life.
Simply send them the link to our website: http://www.living-intentionally.org/ or pass along our telephone number, (800) 80-VETS-4 [800-808-3874].
We deeply appreciate your helping us in our mission to help veterans secure a share of the American dream they fought to protect.
Please pass our number, (800) 80-VETS-4, along to one veteran that you know. Thank you for commenting below.
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