Letter from the Ancient Order of Hibernians to Congressman Jos. W. Byrne, April 8, 1916:
“It is our understanding that the War Department opposes the bill [Nuns of the Battlefield Monument] because it is claimed that many other societies would want monuments in Arlington Cemetery and because it is said that a rule exists which debars monuments in that cemetery except in those whose bodies are actually buried there.
We feel that these are insignificant excuses as no narrative of sacrifice of patriotism and Christian humility could surpass the story of the 'Nuns of the Battlefield'. Gift writers have painted their deeds in words that are wet with tears. Their suffering more borne in silence; they did their duty with a smile of joy: they moved to the place of trials and or danger with that celestial sweetness which can only spring for the soul . . .
They served our Nation in its hours of travail. Yet the Nation forgot the services of “The Nuns of the Battlefield” until the Ladies of the Auxiliary to the Ancient Order of Hibernians reproached the fickle memory of mankind and turned the page of history so that the light of fame could illuminate it before the eyes of the children of the men those faithful Nuns lived and died to serve. . .”
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