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Re: To preserve our liberties...

Posted by Baceseras on December 17, 2008 at 14:15

In Reply to: To preserve our liberties... posted by John Presser on December 17, 2008 at 09:40:

: I'm looking for the origin of "To preserve our liberties, to protect our heritage and to safeguard human rights, they did not count life, even unto death, too great a service". From a war memorial?

It does sound like something carved on a monument. The ultimate source for the phrase "did not count life, even unto death..." is probably the Biblical book of Revelation, chapter 12, describing Michael and his angels' war against the rebellious Satan's forces, "and they overcame him ... for they loved not their lives even unto death." The archaic language may require some guidance to understand; a more modern translation expresses it: "... for they did not cling to life even in the face of death." In other words, they fought fearlessly, even at the risk of their lives.

A suggestion: in searching for the text of your monument, the last word could be 'sacrifice' rather than 'service'.