Quotation by Gerald R. Ford

In the two centuries that have passed since 1776, millions upon millions of Americans have worked and taken up arms, when necessary, to make [the American] dream a reality. We can be proud of what they have accomplished. Today, we are the world's oldest republic. We are at peace. Our nation and our way of life endure. And we are free.
Gerald R. Ford (b. 1913), U.S. president. Memorial Day address, Arlington National Cemetery (May 31, 1976).
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