Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Remembrance

One of the hardest things to read over the past few days have been the Memorial Day blog posts. Some quoted the last letters of soldiers and marines recently dead in Iraq; others cast memory back further. But the events recalled in each case stood the same distance away from everyday life. It's a gulf which no words can bridge. They'v left us behind; and we are irremediably alone with a tale begun long ago and whose ending is now in our care. Memory is a burden; and the memory of love the heaviest of all.

9 Comments:

Blogger Solomon2 said...

A Memorial Day review

and, what are troops are fighting for: Iraq & America the Beautiful.

6/01/2005 07:25:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Duckworth said she gets through her vigorous physical therapy by focusing on her dream to fly again, either for the military or as a private pilot.
If her injuries had happened during World War II, Vietnam or even the Gulf War, doctors believe Duckworth, who lost nearly half of her blood in the assault, would have died.
But a revamped emergency medical system rushed her to battlefield surgeons, saving her life.
Why more survive...
. ____Can-do spirit rises from crash____ .

. _____PHOTOS_____

6/01/2005 08:54:00 AM  
Blogger Doug said...

Taking Chance Home

6/01/2005 09:02:00 AM  
Blogger exhelodrvr said...

Doug,
Thanks for that link to the story about Chance!! That was really something. (In 1991, I was privileged to escort the remains of a Vietnam MIA from California to Arlington; I think it was the high-point of my career, so I can relate somewhat to the LtCol Strobl's story, although due to the 20+ year delay, it was not nearly as emotional a time.)

6/01/2005 10:24:00 AM  
Blogger romanesq said...

How true that no words are adequate. But those stories do fill one with a sense of the greater nation and its history of sacrifice.

In that sense the words are overwhelmingly powerful.

6/01/2005 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Beautifully written W. Very touching.

6/01/2005 01:30:00 PM  
Blogger PresbyPoet said...

Wretchard,
I note the very first Belmont Club post from April 2003, is a memorial to Sgt. Joseph Menusa. A fitting post to ponder.

Lincoln's words at Gettysburg, should always be on our minds. We need to be dedicated to the unfinished work, and "resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain".

6/01/2005 01:31:00 PM  
Blogger John Hearn said...

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of it as a final resting place for those who died here that the nation might live. This we may, in all propriety do. But in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead who struggled here have hallowed it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is rather for us the living, we here be dedicated to the great task remaining before us--that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion--that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

6/01/2005 02:18:00 PM  
Blogger PresbyPoet said...

John,
thanks for adding the full text. See how we work together here at the Club.

I see you also are interested in poetry.

6/01/2005 04:05:00 PM  

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