A Message From Lucianne

Sweet and Seemly it Still Is
to Die for One's Country

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Posted By: JoniTx, 5/26/2019 8:30:20 AM

Adapting the phrase from the Roman poet Horace, Wilfred Owen during World War I turned "it is was sweet and seemly to die for one’s country" into an anti-war poem. He may have had a point when it came to that war, a war that destroyed the very best of Europe’s young men and, in my view, set it on a downward spiral. Today Western Europe, with all its glorious architecture, art, and music seems like a living Disneyland.Take, for example, the fire that gobbled up the roof and spire of one of Paris’ most enduring symbols, Notre Dame. The cathedral was built over a long period of time

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Bur Oak 5/26/2019 12:15:22 PM (No. 84618)
We don't have much of a collective memory because of the rewriting of history for political purposes and the lack of the teaching of history in the public schools.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: agrunt 5/26/2019 1:07:55 PM (No. 84653)
As usual /Clarice Feldman gets right to the heart of things. I will spend tomorrow thinking of the friends I lost in Viet Nam and the men that died under my command. I will not be sad I will be glad that they lived.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: DVC 5/26/2019 1:50:29 PM (No. 84677)
Monday will be my day to think about my nephew, a USMC officer who died in a firefight in Afghanistan. I'll get out the pictures and his rifle, which I unexpectedly inherited and maybe shoot it some in his honor. I'll definitely be flying the flag. I'll read over the medal citation he earned the hard way. We should have a cookout, but that isn't what Memorial Day is about. It's about remembering the fallen. And the hole they leave in your heart.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: clipped wings 5/26/2019 2:02:36 PM (No. 84684)
I lost a cousin during the invasion of Okinawa in WWII. I vaguely remember when the train stopped to unload his casket. I was only four or five years old, but I remember. That was my first acquaintance with the death of military men. He was a Marine. I'm a Vietnam veteran and I came home physically unscathed, but I lost two of my college buddies and others. I wore the fabled Green Beret and served in MACV-SOG. We expected and endured ,a high rate of casualties. All of them hurt. John Donne's line is appropriate. "...never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee."
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