"Come back with your shield - or on it" (Plutarch, Mor.241)…. Asked why it was dishonorable to return without a shield and not without a helmet, the Spartan king, Demaratos (510 - 491) is said to have replied: “Because the latter they put on for their own protection, but the shield for the common good of all.” (Plutarch, Mor.220)
This was the last photo firefighter Andrew Ashcraft texted his wife before losing his life in the Arizona forest fire. These men stared into the heart of hell, and willingly went inside the belly of the beast in order to protect others. Like Spartans, they refused to put down their shields, and unfortunately ended up being carried home on them. Don’t forget that these kind of men lived so that we are safe. Live your life in a manner that honors their memory. May they rest in peace.
Credit for the quotes above goes to: http://www.pbs.org/empires/thegreeks/background/8c.html
Credit for the photo and information behind it goes to the Memorial Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/InMemoryOfPrescottFirefightersLost6302013?fref=ts
 

"Come back with your shield - or on it" (Plutarch, Mor.241)…. Asked why it was dishonorable to return without a shield and not without a helmet, the Spartan king, Demaratos (510 - 491) is said to have replied: “Because the latter they put on for their own protection, but the shield for the common good of all.” (Plutarch, Mor.220)


This was the last photo firefighter Andrew Ashcraft texted his wife before losing his life in the Arizona forest fire. These men stared into the heart of hell, and willingly went inside the belly of the beast in order to protect others. Like Spartans, they refused to put down their shields, and unfortunately ended up being carried home on them. Don’t forget that these kind of men lived so that we are safe. Live your life in a manner that honors their memory. May they rest in peace.


Credit for the quotes above goes to: http://www.pbs.org/empires/thegreeks/background/8c.html

Credit for the photo and information behind it goes to the Memorial Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/InMemoryOfPrescottFirefightersLost6302013?fref=ts

 

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