Tag: Memorial Day

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Memorial Day: Meaning and Memory The last Monday of May is Memorial Day in America. How does this differ from Veterans’ Day, or other patriotic holidays? Why do we have both Memorial and Veterans’ Day? How ought we to observe the day? If you are looking for music for the occasion, how might you distinguish […]

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The most appropriate modern song for Memorial Day? “1916” by Mötorhead, of course. Americans established a national day to memorialize their war dead after the Civil War. More

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This is an interesting video I ran across on social media. From what I can tell it has been around for a while but it is interesting in that it puts deaths for WWII and all war deaths in perspective. I don’t think may understand how many died during WWII or how few have died […]

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It was my honor to deliver the keynote address at yesterday’s Memorial Day ceremony at Galveston’s Seawolf Park. Seawolf Park is the home of the American Undersea Warfare Center, and has the destroyer escort Stewart and the submarine Cavalla on display. Cavalla sank the Shokaku, one of the six carriers with which Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Stewart is one of only two destroyer escorts available for public tours.

The audience seemed to enjoy it. I thought it might be worth sharing with the Ricochet audience.

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I’ve barely known anyone who’s been in the military. My parents both served in WWII – Dad in the Army and Mom in the Navy – and I’ve known a handful of others, a couple of teachers and one classmate. But beyond that…I haven’t served, and no one else in my family has, no friends I […]

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In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

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Summer 1974: “I’m Gary” Knock-knock…knock. Through the peep-hole, he looked interesting…same height, dark curly hair – perfectly mussed, like Donovan’s, only shorter. He even looked like Donovan. His dark eyes shouted, “I’m lost,” but when I opened the door a quiet voice said simply, “John said I could come over.” I said, “Come-on in.” It […]

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I must state up front and very clearly: I did not write this post. My husband is the author. He has given me permission to post it. He is the veteran in this marriage, and is proud of his service. Unlike me, he is politically liberal, and so I try not to discuss politics with […]

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The current establishment art world cultivates insularity and isolation as a means to prop up the vapid, dysfunctional art they favor. From sterile white box galleries to haughty elitist attitudes, lots of effort is poured into erecting barriers to separate the experience of art from the despised masses and the realities of life.

But art does not exist to be plaything for decadent crypto-Marxist hipsters. It is a vital outpouring of the human soul, a visual method of spiritual communication. Art can take on surprising and spontaneous forms in the strangest places to remind us of who we really are.

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Sacrifices made to preserve freedom are woven into the warp and weft of our great nation. My kids, even the eye-rolling scoffer who didn’t vote for Trump, have agreed to take time out from picnics and fun to participate in a small ceremony tonight to say “thank you” to our fallen heroes. What is your tradition for Memorial Day?

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My Father-in-law made some remarks on Memorial Day, 2014 in Stockbridge, Massachusetts–the town that Norman Rockwell memorialized as quintessentially New England in his painting of Main Street at Christmas. Chet died in April at the age of 91, outliving his combat buddies by many years. I thought you might enjoy reading his remarks. Memorial Day […]

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An exceptional music video: The War was in Color More

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We’re in session over the Memorial Day weekend, so I took the time to visit my great-uncle’s grave at Butler National Cemetery near Springfield. More

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My dad died on Memorial Day, so I always think of him at this time of year. He enlisted at age 18 to fight in WWII. He was a B-17 tail gunner in the 8th Air Force aka The Mighty 8th, 94th Bombardment Group, stationed in England (Rick Perry’s dad was also a B-17 tail […]

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With his usual over-the-top enthusiasm, Victor Davis Hanson provides a brief history of the Korean War via Prager University. More

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The USS San Francisco in drydock, 2005, with MM2 Joseph Ashley.

The USS San Francisco left its port in Guam for a much-anticipated cruise to Australia. Following months of boring repairs, the crew was ready for the 3,000-mile trip and already planning what to do in Brisbane once they arrived. Since 2002, the Los Angeles-class nuclear attack sub had been stationed on the western Pacific island allowing more frequent trips to foreign ports instead of its less eventful patrols around Pearl Harbor.

Referring to an old chart of the ocean floor, the navigation officer sped up to 33 knots and dove to 525 feet in preparation for a series of drills. Then, without warning, the San Francisco slammed into an uncharted seamount.

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This Memorial Day, please take a brief moment to read and consider a great American poem, Grass by Carl Sandburg. With an absolute economy of words, Sandburg evokes the horrible sacrifice of war, the healing nature of time, and the frailty of human memory. It is these things, among others, which make the observation of […]

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When my children were younger, they slept comfortably in their beds because violent men went halfway around the world and slept in uncomfortable places, or went without sleep entirely, as they pursued their missions. Many now sleep an eternal rest. If you are among those who serve or served to protect our country, I thank […]

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