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Remember War Veterans

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As Carl Sandburg reminds us, it’s too easy for future generations to forget the horrors and sacrifices of war. Take some time today (and everyday) to think of all the brave men and women who “gave the last full measure of devotion” in service to our country. And remember, too, all the volunteers who continue to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as those who have returned home and are struggling to deal with what they lived through over there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdtJtjK-u6A

As you can see from this creative animation of a Sandburg photograph—matched to an audio recording of him reading his poem—history can always be groomed and tweaked.

Grass

Pile the bodies high at Austerlitz and Waterloo.
Shovel them under and let me work—
I am the grass; I cover all.

And pile them high at Gettysburg
And pile them high at Ypres and Verdun.
Shovel them under and let me work.
Two years, ten years, and passengers ask the conductor:
What place is this?
Where are we now?

I am the grass.
Let me work.


  • bobarrel

    Just say no to war. Don’t sign up and don’t go. Murder is wrong and patriotism does not make it right. Your country will be much better served if you live.

  • jhorn

    bobarrel- great comment

  • Dave O’Connor

    Shout out to bobarrel and jhorn from an actual Vietnam vet.

    Your deep thoughts enlighten me. To wit: You regard all war as murder. Murder you add is wrong. Gee, I wonder if the 100 million or so men, women and children who were murdered by Nazi’s, Commies and other homocidal types wished they had a gun to maybe make the Nazi’s, Commies and other homocidal types think twice about being murderous bullies. Hey, and I wonder if the women beaten, stoned and abused by religious crazies wish they had a piece (gun, roscoe, heater, great equalizer) under the tent they are forced to wear.
    Little boys like yourselves should stay away from Vets Day. It’s for veterans, not self-absorbed moralists.