is very fitting that those who rest in nameless graves
should be remembered in this place. For it was in these
fields of Runnymede seven centuries ago that our forefathers
first planted a seed of liberty which helped to spread
across the earth the conviction that man should be free
and not enslaved. And when the life of this belief was
threatened by the iron hand of tyranny, their successors
came forward without hesitation to fight, and, if it was
demanded of them, to die for its salvation. As only free
men can, they knew the value of that for which they fought,
and that was the price worth paying.
the heroism of each will be remembered for as long as
this memorial shall stand. But that which was done by
all will, with God's help, still be remembered when these
stones have crumbled into dust.
wherever and for as long as freedom flourishes on the
earth, the men and women who possess it will thank them
and will say they did not die in vain. That is their true
and everlasting memorial.