I have been asked to summarize our meeting today.
Old men forget; yet all shall be forgot,
But he'll remember with advantages
What feats he did that day. Then shall our names,
Familiar in his mouth as household words,
Arleigh and Pat and Navigator
George, Marlene and Bill and Onita,
Be in their flowing cups freshly rememb'red.
This story shall the good man teach his son;
And CRANDIC meetings shall ne'er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered,
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in Iowa now a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs'd they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That met with us in Coralville.
What all the wise men promised has not happened, and what all the damned fools said would happen has come to pass. —Lord Melbourne