It was March 4, 1865, President Lincoln’s second inaugural address. In the speech’s final paragraph, the president delivered his prescription for the nation’s recovery:“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
Lincoln’s immortal words became the VA motto in 1959, when the plaques were installed, and can be traced to Sumner G. Whittier, administrator of what was then called the Veterans Administration. not unlike Mr. Whittier, Ozark Mountain Veterans believe the words of Abraham Lincoln, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.
Simply put it is more than a calling . It is our Honor and Privilege to serve those who served. Our Veterans who protect our nations interests around the world and our Emergency Service Providers . The Police Fire & EMS personnel that keep our home-front safe everyday.
President Lincoln’s words have stood the test of time,
“To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan,”