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If the WSJ piece is an overarching celebration of Ira’s birth, this poignant post by @ejhill from October 2020, offers a more touching, relatable window into what we take for granted when consuming entertainment, especially from the brilliant minds of our cultural geniuses. They acquire their inspiration from depths not often known to us; thoughts and feelings kept secret by the architects even as the art they create is exposed to the world.
At our church this past Sunday, our congregation held a special service in remembrance of Pearl Harbor. The World War II veterans that regularly attend are quickly waning in number. Frailty, transportation, and COVID complications keep many at home but does not stop those who remain from carrying in their hearts and prayers their legacy of selfless service, sacrifice, and honor. If you have time, please read EJ’s piece. Pause and remember the day that inspired millions of young men and women to join the fight for freedom — against evil — in a moment that is fading from the collective memory of Americans as quickly as those brave men are slipping from this earth.
I reflect on the love of country and the love of a brother that inspires such a call to action – or to bittersweet creation, that is being swallowed by the archives of history. It is brought out every so often like an antique watch: dusted off and inspected and wondered at that it ever existed in the first place. But it still works, we just have to keep it wound and polished, ready to pass on to the next generation.Published in