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“Not forgotten: 44 years since Vietnam. Kipling’s ‘Tommy‘ says it all.” My friend Susan sent this thought-provoking message and it prompted me to think of Rudyard Kipling’s very sad poem about how veterans are regarded as heroes when the shooting starts and then are promptly discarded like an old shoe when they are no longer needed. I had not seen that poem in quite a while and thought it might make a good counterpoint to the message about our Vietnam Veterans. I hope you find it as meaningful and tragically insightful as I did, especially in this time of the worst ignominy this Great Nation has just suffered at the hands of the most dangerously incompetent group of “government” “leaders” in our history.
Tommy, by Rudyard Kipling, 1890