Thursday, May 1, 2008

They row for freedom

"Before the Great Battle of Salamis, Themistocles, the Greek admiral, called his volunteers together - the men who would the next day literally row the galleys - the ships, the trireme galleys of war. And he said to them, "tomorrow you must row for your children. Tomorrow you must row for your parents. Tomorrow you must row for your city."

"And tomorrow," he said, "you must row for freedom."

"My friends, that is what everyone of your soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and coastguardsmen do today - they row for freedom."

Admiral James Stavridis, Commander Southern Command

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