Memorial Day open thread
OK, the parade down Main Street was nice, I put out the flag, and, OK, World War II. And how could I forget, the #binladen hit, so totally worthy of a great nation. But last I checked, nobody could explain why we're in Afghanistan at all, let alone Libya, and let's not get started on Iraq, so the troops are risking and losing their lives for what, and for who, exactly?
Joe Galloway quotes Media Matters (of all places) in "Friday at the Pentagon"
10:36 hours: The clapping starts at the E-Ring. That is the outermost of the five rings of the Pentagon and it is closest to the entrance to the building. This clapping is low, sustained, hearty. It is applause with a deep emotion behind it as it moves forward in a wave down the length of the hallway.
"A steady rolling wave of sound it is, moving at the pace of the soldier in the wheelchair who marks the forward edge with his presence. He is the first. He is missing the greater part of one leg, and some of his wounds are still suppurating. By his age I expect that he is a private, or perhaps a private first class.
"Captains, majors, lieutenant colonels and colonels meet his gaze and nod as they applaud, soldier to soldier. Three years ago when I described one of these events, those lining the hallways were somewhat different. The applause a little wilder, perhaps in private guilt for not having shared in the burden ... yet.
"Now almost everyone lining the hallway is, like the man in the wheelchair, also a combat veteran. This steadies the applause, but I think deepens the sentiment. We have all been there now. The soldier's chair is pushed by, I believe, a full colonel.
"Behind him, and stretching the length from Rings E to A, come more of his peers, each private, corporal or sergeant assisted as need be by a field grade officer.
OK, "the last full measure of devotion". I understand this.
But remind me again, for what?
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