15 Years Ago Today

Posted: Apr 22, 2009 11:07 PM
15 years ago today, the 37th President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon passed away. In his memory, below is an excerpt of the speech that the 42nd President Bill Clinton gave at Nixon's funeral:

"Oh, yes, he knew great controversy amid defeat as well as victory. He made mistakes, and they, like his accomplishments, are a part of his life and record. But the enduring lesson of Richard Nixon is that he never gave up being part of the action and passion of his times. He said many times that unless a person has a goal, a new mountain to climb, his spirit will die. Well, based on our last phone conversation and the letter he wrote me just a month ago, I can say that his spirit was very much alive to the very end... 

May we heed his call to maintain the will and the wisdom to build on America's greatest gift, its freedom, and to lead a world full of difficulty to the just and lasting peace he dreamed of."