Category Archive: memorial day

May 27 2013

“A Pattern Called a War”

Sunday Afternoon - Ladies in a Garden. Detail of painting by unknown English School artist.

Memorial Day… Traditional to remember the sacrifice of soldiers on this day, the battlefield fallen. And we do. But today, let’s also remember those the fallen leave behind. Patterns by Amy Lowell I walk down the garden paths, And all the daffodils Are blowing, and the bright blue squills. I walk down the patterned garden …

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May 28 2012

“The Shovel is Brother to the Gun”

War Memorial at The Park at Bothell Landing

Iron by Carl Sandburg Guns, Long, steel guns, Pointed from the war ships In the name of the war god. Straight, shining, polished guns, Clambered over with jackies in white blouses, Glory of tan faces, tousled hair, white teeth, Laughing lithe jackies in white blouses, Sitting on the guns singing war songs, war chanties. Shovels, …

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May 27 2012

Sunday Song: Memorials

It’s Memorial Day weekend here in the States. I wrote a memorial last year, and won’t add to it. We’ll just do two songs. This is Iced Earth’s “Ghost of Freedom,” which is quintessentially American and a lovely tribute to those who fought and died for liberty.   Every time you think about it It …

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May 30 2011


The Moving Wall Vietnam Memorial My dad used to tell me stories. He’d been in Vietnam.  Infantry, United States Army.  He’d gotten drafted while switching colleges (never let it be said grades aren’t important: they can keep you from getting shot, for instance).  And it was a hard year.  That year changed his life.  He …

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May 26 2009

Memorial Day Roundup

A lot of bloggers had good Memorial Day posts up today. Just in case you missed them, here they are. Think Progress has stats showing that America’s failing her vets. Susie Madrak at Crooks and Liars reminds us: For Every Death, A Hole in the World DarkSyde at Daily Kos takes us Beyond Memorial Day, …

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