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Monday, May 29, 2017

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.

First published Memorial Day, 2016

32 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."

Anonymous said...

God Bless the Fallen. Lets all remember this day is about those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow countrymen. To the unknown drunk I argued with yesterday, Memorial day is not for me to celebrate your four years of drinking at a Naval Base in San Diego. We all know that millions of us serve but some serve and pay the ultimate price. This day is for all of them. Not the rest of us.

There, I said my piece. Remember the fallen!

Anonymous said...

Put down the political stuff and go to Arlington. Be humbled and thankful. A volunteer military gives its lives today for all of our freedom. We should agree to appreciate it and put the crap down for a day.

Anonymous said...

@4:51
Not sure if you are former military, but it sounds like the drunk you were arguing with is. Shame on him if he thinks this day is about him. As a vet, I understand that this is not my day and he is just an ignorant ass if he thought the day was to honor him. While the day may offer a reminder to thank those who may be put in harms way, Memorial Day is to honor those men and women who are forever in uniform.

Anonymous said...

Yes they do and I believe there are many "liberals" among those who gave their lives for our freedom and who serve today.

Anonymous said...

As one of those "liberal" teachers (so labeled) my students pledge every day to a huge flag hung on my wall that was on my father's casket. He served as a seabee in WWII. Even though he died many years after the war,in death, his service was not forgotten. My students are taught respect for those who serve but also to be alert and question why they are asked to serve by our leaders past and present. Responsible citizenship is what I hope they will take away from my classroom.

Anonymous said...

Bernie, I remember your Dad, and his service should not be forgotten.

Anonymous said...



"Nothing is over! Nothing! You just don't turn it off! It wasn't my war! You asked me, I didn't ask you! And I did what I had to do to win! But somebody wouldn't let us win! And I come back to the world and I see all those maggots at the airport, protesting me, spitting. Calling me baby killer and all kinds of vile crap! Who are they to protest me, huh? Who are they? Unless they've been me and been there and know what the hell they're yelling about!"

John Rambo

Anonymous said...

If you came back, take your bows on veterans day. This day is for the fallen. We fight wars in America so everyone, even those we despise, enjoy the freedom to speak their first amendment rights. This slow march towards militarism in order to justify our 10% of 1% of the population voluntary military has been a concern. War is Hell and if you have experienced it, you pray that others do not have to. No need to further divide our people our cast stones. Today is for the fallen who have given their last true measure in defends of freedom. We respect their sacrifice by defending freedom in war and peace.

Little Timmay said...

On this most sacred of holidays the valleys own Gladys Kravits , dour buttinsky Mike "%3" Molovinski has accused longtime contributor Monkey Momma of being an O'Hare sock puppet.

From the comment section of his disgraceful Zionist hate blog,
"sock monkey@2:02, your identity has become pretty clear. you apparently still think that you determine the rules for the blogosphere, this is an odd post for memorial day... as you often write, you post about what you choose on your blog, the same goes here.

I will give you this; when it comes to contributing to hate, you remain the master "

Anonymous said...

It has always been true that Molovinsky is an ardent Zionist first and then an American. He plays the victim card in many of his posts.

Anonymous said...

Assklown advertizementalist at best selling vial of snakeoil juice as energy koolaid drinks!
Than to all fallen soldiers and there family's!!

Jeffrey Anthony said...

@10:14

Three cheers for you Ma'am (or sir, I'm sorry I can't tell from the post).

The fact that is was your father's burial flag makes it all the more poignant and inspiring. Your students are lucky to have such a good example.

Again, good for you. It's wonderful to see someone so proud of their father's service. If only all Americans were as proud of our service men and women as you are.

Anonymous said...

Fascinating that so many people equate patriotism with whether one is a Republican or Democrat. I have found that the size of the flag pin that people love to wear now a days is proportional to the degree of chicken hawkishness they pocess, regardless of social leanings.

Anonymous said...

Sad but true!

Peter J.Cochran said...

'Liberal teacher'' 10;14-- Thank you , I mean it . While and Easton Express Editor is worried about his backyard barbeque -he has evan seemed to miss the point of Memorial Day . It seems it's ME-MORIAL DAY to too many.

gsmith said...

thanks for posting this poem Bernie: Here is one of my favorites, along with Charge of the light Brigade,"Death of the Ball Turret Gunner"


From my mother's sleep I fell into the State,
And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze.
Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life,
I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters.
When I died they washed me out of the turret with a hose

Randall Jarrell