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Every man must limit his liberty by his brother's, and his brother must in turn realize that his freedom is not without the restraint that is upon every member of a family. Each law and each custom which constrains human conduct is justified insofar as it is necessary and appropriate for the preservation of the liberty of other men.
The keystone of American liberty has ever been freedom of speech-a happy heritage won by our forefathers by incalculable sacrifice—a sacred inheritance to be preserved only by perpetual vigilance. It must be maintained inviolate by the guardians of democracy whose sacred trust it is to watch it as zealously as the vestal virgins of ancient Rome guarded the fire of the empire.
The Members of the Congress must be militant to maintain liberty in the face of alien and corrupting influences that seek to undermine it within our borders, just as they must be vigilant to defend the integrity of those borders against military aggression from abroad.
This dual admonition has come down to us in the Farewell Address, wherein the Father of our country reminded us that
In proportion as the structure of government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened.
Wisely, he affirmed, that-
Observe good faith and justice towards all nations; cultivate peace and harmony with all: Religion and morality enjoin this conduct; and can it be that good policy does not equally enjoin it?
With practical foresight, he counseled that we were to do these things:
Taking care always to keep ourselves by suitable establishments on a respectable defensive posture
Remembering also that timely disbursements to prepare for danger frequently prevent greater disbursements to repel it.
The philosophy of Washington, blended with that of Monroe, has been clarified and revivified for the men of today by the President of the United States, as he eloquently declared:
To show our faith in democracy, we have made the policy of the good neighbor the cornerstone of our foreign relations. No other policy would be consistent with our ideas and our ideals. In the fulfillment of this policy we propose to heed the ancient scriptural admonition not to move our neighbor's landmarks, not to encroach on his metes and bounds.
We desire by every legitimate means to promote freedom in trade and travel and in the exchange of cultural ideas among nations. We seek no territorial expansion, we are not covetous of our neighbor's goods; we shall cooperate in every proposal put forward to limit armaments; we abhor the appeal to physical force except to repulse aggression, but we say to all the world that in the Western Hemisphere in the three Americas—the institutions of democracy-government with the consent of the governed must and will be maintained.
With his unfailing clarity of expression, the Chief Executive of our Nation has thus summarized the will of the American people, the determination of every representative who has ever been elected to serve in the Congress of the United States.
As the immediate representatives of the people, Members of the Congress were entrusted by the Federal Constitution with the sole right-yea, the solemn duty—to declare war. It is a happy commentary upon the patriots who served their country in this historic place—who daily devoted their living strength to the tasks of their sacred trust—that, throughout the century and a half that has intervened, there has marched a long and distinguished procession of men who have waged in this Chamber an unceasing battle to substitute for the arbitrament of war and death the reign of law, a valiant campaign to guarantee to the principles of democracy eternal validity.
Our colleagues who we mourn today were members of that militant procession whose fealty was to democracy, the mother of peace. They had consecrated their manhood to a great cause, and in this place where we are met today they gave their lives as heroically as any soldier-knights who died in a crusade.
They are beyond the need of our prayers as truly as the martyrs who were baptized by blood. By their death there has been born in the hearts of each of us a desire to dedicate ourselves anew to the defense of democracy.
In the words of Cardinal Newman, we, who must carry on, humbly ask our Divine Father:
May He support us all the day long, till the shades lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done; then in His mercy may He give us a safe lodging and a holy rest, and peace at the last.
The Temple Quartet sang “The Strife Is O'er," by Palestrina.
Taps was sounded by Winfred Kemp, principal musician, United States Marine Band Orchestra.
The Chaplain, Rev. James Shera Montgomery, D. D., pronounced the Benediction:
Unto Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God, our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power both now and forever.
Now may grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost abide with you and keep you always. Amen.