Monday, February 17, 2014

A Little Help, If You Please


The historian in us has been stymied by a dilemma. Someone sent an email to us with a quotation attributed to George Washington. Here is the quotation:

"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceived veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by our nation." -- President George Washington

We have been unable to verify that this is indeed from our first president. We have the works of George Washington in our library, and have been browsing through it several times over looking for it. Supposedly it was said by Washington in 1789. We have been through that section of his complete works several times over, and have not been able to find the source of the quote.

Can anyone help with this dilemma and provide a link to a verifying source?

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1 comment:

  1. The phrasing does not seem appropriate for either Washington or his times.