Remember War Veterans
by Buck Quigley - posted 10:53 am, November 11, 2010
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.
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.
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.