"First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen..." - Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee
For his was the singular destiny and merit, of leading the armies of his country successfully through an arduous war, for the establishment of its independence; of conducting its councils through the birth of a government, new in its forms and principles, until it had settled down into a quiet and orderly train; and of scrupulously obeying the laws through the whole of his career, civil and military, of which the history of the world furnishes no other example. . . . These are my opinions of General Washington, which I would vouch at the judgment seat of God, having been formed on an acquaintance of thirty years. . . .I felt on his death, with my countrymen, that 'verily a great man hath fallen this day in Israel.' - Thomas Jefferson
( An homage to my favorite red-headed president... )
Kansas celebrates her 150th birthday today. She's a young state but has a rich history. Our motto (on our state seal above), Ad Astra per Aspera, is "To the stars through difficulties," and she certainly has had her share of difficulties but never stopped reaching for the stars.
( Auntie Em, there's no place like home! )