The Christmas Day Truce

On December 24, 2015, in Christmas, Courage, Heroes, History, Peace, Soldiers, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

No one knows exactly where it started or how it started, but for one bitterly cold day peace settled over the killing fields of World War I. Christmas Eve 1914 was, according to one British soldier, “a beautiful moonlit night.” Frost covered the ground, turning the black mud white. Sometime during the evening, somewhere along […]

9/11 and the American Soul

Has it really been fourteen years? In my mind’s eye it was just yesterday when Chris Williams, Jan White, and I left our Boston hotel on our way to your Rhode Island client, CVS Pharmacy, and Chris received the call from Joe, her husband: America was under attack. In the days following September 11, 2001, […]

In Gardens of Stone

On May 25, 2015, in America, Courage, Death, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Memorial Day, Patriotism, Soldiers, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

In gardens of stone, lay soldiers who stood alone on frozen hills, beside vallied rills. In gardens of stone, a trumpet blown over markers of the brave, who rest within the grave. In gardens of stone, our flag is flown in vigil of red, white, and blue, for those who loved their country true. In […]

The Soldier on Crutches

On November 11, 2014, in America, Courage, Freedom, Heroes, Liberty, Patriotism, Soldiers, Veterans, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of eleventh month in 1918, “the war to end all wars,” as it was touted, ended. The Great War—World War I—was the first modern war and ushered in a century of warfare that left in its wake unimaginable death, destruction, and disabilities. World War I itself took […]

“Unbroken”: Unspeakable Suffering, Unrelenting Savagery

On September 18, 2014, in America, Books, Courage, Faith, Forgiveness, Freedom, Heroes, History, Soldiers, Suffering, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

Laura Hillenbrand has only written two books but she ranks as one of America’s most gifted narrative historians. Along with David McCullough and Nathaniel Philbrick, Hillenbrand’s histories are novel-like. But her histories aren’t make believe. Like McCullough and Philbrick, Hillenbrand’s storytelling talent is backed by meticulous historical research and rigor. In her first book, Seabiscuit: […]

Reagan’s 9/11

On September 11, 2014, in America, Freedom, Heroes, History, Liberty, Patriotism, President, Rhetoric, Ronald Reagan, September 11, Terrorism, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

Few presidents have articulated the principles of freedom with such passion and persuasive force as did Ronald Reagan. None since have. Therefore, it seemed fitting, on this thirteenth anniversary when, in the words of President George W. Bush, freedom was attacked—September 11, 2001—that we read and hear anew from the champion of freedom. On January […]

The Honor Roll

On May 26, 2014, in America, Freedom, Heroes, Memorial Day, Patriotism, Soldiers, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

The boys upon the honor roll, God bless them all I pray! God watch them when they sleep at night, and guard them through the day. We’ve stamped their names upon our walls, the list in glory grows, Our brave boys and our splendid boys who stand to meet our foes. Oh, here are sons […]

“The Blood of Heroes”: A Book Review

On March 20, 2014, in Alamo, America, Books, Heroes, History, Texas, Texas Independence, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

Legend and myth shroud the thirteen day standoff at Mission San Antonio de Valero, better known as the Alamo. For many popular historians and movie makers the famous line from John Ford’s 1962 movie, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, serves as a guiding light when it comes to the Alamo: “When the legend becomes […]

Obama’s Unserious Syrian Speech

On September 18, 2013, in America, Barack Obama, Muslims, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

When the America president appears on national television to address the American people it’s a big deal. His subject, language, and setting need to carry weight—gravitas. Prime time presidential speeches are serious matters. And for the president—and America by extension—to be taken seriously his speech must be clear, cogent, and commanding; it needs to have […]

Syria’s Sticky Wicket: Congress, Red Lines, and the Bombing of Assad

On September 9, 2013, in America, Barack Obama, Congress, Terrorism, War, by Derrick G. Jeter

Let’s stipulate that Secretary of State John Kerry was justified in calling Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad “a thug and a murderer.” Let’s also stipulate that the use of chemical weapons on your own people is an act of such barbaric inhumanity as to deserve the worst punishment the civilized world can mete out without losing […]