Friday, May 22, 2020

Remembering our Brave





Ye have slept on the ground before,

And started to your feet
At the cannon's sudden roar,
Or the drum's redoubling beat.The Day of Memories!—Remembering what?



The cannon's roar, the hissing of the shot?
The weary hospital, the prison pen?

The widow's tears, the groans of stalwart men?
The bitterness of fratricidal strife?
The pangs of death, the sharper pangs of life?


Nay, let us quite forget the whole of these

Upon our sacred Day of Memories.


by Amos Russel Wells


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    1. All veterans need our support and our prayers.

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  2. Very nice post. I have several Veteran's in my family.

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  3. The death of my brother in Viet Nam was so hard. My father was a proud war veteran himself. It was the only time I ever saw him cry.

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    1. I am sorry to hear of your loss. Vietnam took many of our boys from rural farms.

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  4. How I long for the day when their courages and their sacrifice (and the sacrifices made by the people who love them) is no longer necessary.

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    1. I wish, but know that as long as there is greed and intolerance, this will not happen.

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  6. Not what I wanted to say...

    This weekend is a time to remember.

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    1. Yes, with so many elderly veterans being taken by the virus, the memory becomes more bitter.

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  7. Strange, that last graphic, True my young friends that died are still young in thoughts. Wild as my mind wanders.
    Thanks
    Sherry & jack

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    1. I see the young men in my mind as well. My county in Illinois was rural, smaller population. I don't remember how many we lost in Vietnam, but I knew 5 of them. They are still in their teens in my memory.

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  8. I live near a Veterans Home and we lost many to the virus last month. Memorial Day will touch many more this year.

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    1. Oh, it so tragic and doesn't have to happen.

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  9. I thought I was caught in a time warp for a minute there. Our ANZAC day was last month and our remembrance day isn't until November.

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  10. And how do they get rewarded in the UK? Dying by the 1,000s in Care homes because no one bothered to test them for Covid-19 when they left hospitals for routine procedures, then took the virus back to the home killing them and many others. Tragic. :(

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    1. Tragic, indeed. And also that decision here have been deadly for all elderly.

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  11. Hi Susan - memories for us all - each country at different times, and now for other reasons to add to war ... with thoughts - Hilary

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    1. My father, grandfather, gr-grandfather---all were in a war. I hope that my descendants do not have to worry about that for them.

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  12. To all those who know the pain of an empty place at the table and a folded flag on the mantle, we salute your brave ones for their service and sacrifice.

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    1. Over the years, we have all seen those reminders.

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  13. Lovely tribute to those who have died so we can be free. Thanks for this tribute. There is such sadness in war. We are in a different kind of war now, but we are all in the same war, whether we realize it or not.

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  14. Very nicely done. It's good to remember what this day is actually for.

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  15. A very good post.
    We all have different memories and countries remember at different times … but I am thankful that we do remember.

    All the best Jan

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  16. Moving post. I lost an uncle at Pearl Harbor. He died on the USS California before the war officially started.
    I never knew him, but the local VFW is named after him. I have his picture on my desk to remind me the freedom is expensive.

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