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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Words of Courage

"Both of my parents were Nisei - second generation US citizens of Japanese ancestry. When the US finally entered WWII, they were sent away to concentration camps solely because they looked like the enemy. [My father] joined the army of the very government that had imprisoned him ... Wrapped in a small piece of tissue paper and crammed into a plastic sandwich bag, I found [my father's] Bronze Star. The "V" on the ribbon stands for valour, which makes it a combat award, but he never mentioned anything about receiving the third highest military medal [in America]."
David Kumagai from California commenting on Lisa Jardine's BBC Magazine article "When my mother was also painted gold..."

"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face; You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."
Eleanor Roosevelt (First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945)

"To do the useful thing, to say the courageous thing, to contemplate the beautiful thing: that is enough for one man's life."
Poet and dramatist T.S. Eliot

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."
French author Anaïs Nin

"Courage does not always roar/Sometimes courage is the quiet voice/At the end of the day/Saying I will try again tomorrow"
Mary Anne Radmacher

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