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Monday, May 30, 2016

Memorial Day: Remember the Young Dead Soldiers

We're a strange bunch. We look forward to Memorial Day as an extra day off from work, a time for picnics and the start of summer. We say "Happy Memorial Day" to each other from the Jersey shore Few of us take the time to think of, to say nothing of honoring, those who have offered their lives for a freedom we take for granted.

It's always been that way. Even during the Revolutionary War, which started with the Boston Massacre, there was little public regard for those who put themselves in harm's way and lost their lives.

“Good God, are the Americans all asleep and tamely giving up their Liberties?” asked Benedict Arnold, who ultimately sold out in bitterness as much as greed.

The very first American to give his life in the cause of liberty was Crispus Attucks. His father was an African-American slave. His mother was a Natick, who were called the "Praying Indians." Little is known about Crispus. But his and the lives of so many who made the ultimate sacrifice are summed up in the immortal words of Archibald MacLeish.

The young dead soldiers do not speak.

Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses:
who has not heard them?

They have a silence that speaks for them at night
and when the clock counts.

They say: We were young. We have died.
Remember us.

They say: We have done what we could
but until it is finished it is not done.

They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished
no one can know what our lives gave.

They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours,
they will mean what you make them.

They say: Whether our lives and our deaths were for
peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say,
it is you who must say this.

We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning.
We were young, they say. We have died; remember us.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Some have said the Crispus story about being the first casualty was more about liberal propaganda than provable history.

Bernie O'Hare said...

On God, do you partisans ever give it a rest?

Dave said...

Some years ago while living in Europe, we visited the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery. This cemetery was created in the late 1930s as a resting place for many of our World War I combat casualties who died on the Western Front of World War I.

It's a quiet place, next to a small town called Romagne-sous-Montfaucon in eastern France and it holds nearly 15,000 graves of the Doughboys and also the pilots of our Aero Squadrons that flew our aircraft in the first aerial combats during the war. During World War II, when France was under German occupation, the German Army maintained the cemetery out of respect.

There are no less than nine Medal of Honor recipients who are buried there. It was a quiet place even on that Memorial Day, we had the place largely to ourselves. A small piece of the United States, far away from home.

Anonymous said...

Make America great again? Excuse me Mr. Trump but we never were less than the best especially at defending the weak and powerless of the world. Remember those who gave their lives for this GREAT country of ours. We owe them so much.

Anonymous said...

REMEMBER AND BE THANKFUL FOR OUR MILITARY - MAY THEY RIP

Anonymous said...

7:29 AM pathetic you drag politics into this thread. if some of these men and woman who served during WW2 , Korea , and Vietnam were alive today to see what a mess this country has become , they would cry. Now off to the Memorial Day services.

Anonymous said...

Bernie,
May all the families and friends of lost lives of past wars have the presence of GOD within?! Than there are present day war hero's that are fighting on America's soil today, of which you Bernie are one?! Keep turn out the most investigative reporting in today's news media?!
Re:publican redd

Ovem Lupo Commitere said...

"It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle." --H. Norman Schwarzkopf

In humble gratitude for all those throughout history who never came home.

“Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.”--George Washington

Anonymous said...

Thanks Bernie for posting this. Today we indeed mourn not the loss of veterans but the gains we realized because of their willingness to serve. God bless all of the fallen and all who currently wear the uniform that defends our nation.

Anonymous said...

Bernie
Thank you for honoring our fallen warriors. This week a medical appointment reminder postcard complete with Happy Memorial Day and fireworks arrived in the mail. The United States possibly has three decades of students not taught the significance of Memorial Day.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Bernie,
May all the families and friends of lost lives of past wars have the presence of GOD within?! Than there are present day war hero's that are fighting on America's soil today, of which you Bernie are one?! Keep turn out the most investigative reporting in today's news media?!
Re:publican redd

9:40 AM


agree.

Jeff Fox said...

Thank you Bernie.

Agent 99 said...

Thank you for posting this, Bernie. I read your post just after leaving a flag on my dad's grave.

Anonymous said...

"THE FLAG DOES NOT FLY BECAUSE OF THE WIND THAT BLOWS IT.
THE FLAG FLIES BECAUSE EACH SOLDIER'S LAST BREATH BLOWS BY IT"

Keep all who have served, and those who are serving today in Remembrance this Memorial Day 2016
Especially those who gave the ultimate Sacrifice!.....PJF

Anonymous said...

Liberal school teachers do no teach the significance of today. May God guide us forward.

Anonymous said...

You called it. Someone called me this morning and honest to God said "Happy Memorial Day". I don't believe anyone ever said that to me before. It sounded so weird, I just uncomfortably said "thank you."