MILITARY ORDER OF THE LOYAL LEGION OF THE UNITED STATES
May 2, 1888
No soldier can be justly considered the nation’s pauper: he is rather the nation’s ward. Young men were taken from the restraints of home, of moral surroundings, and were placed by the nation in its struggle to defend its life at the mercy of temptations conditioned to rouse all unholy passions. Some yielded up their lives, others their manhood, in defending the cause of national existence and national unity. Shall we lay flowers on the tomb of one and refuse a helping hand to his less fortunate comrades? The soldier who is a drunken sot is an eloquent witness of the cost of war. We cannot count all of that cost in dollars. Who will estimate its cost in the wrecked characters of those who did not possess the moral fiber to enable them successfully to resist the temptations of army life? In the formation of character, let it be remembered that who sows act, reaps habit; who sows habit, reaps character; who sows character, reaps destiny.