"No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness." Aristotle

Monday, May 28, 2007

In Remembrance Of Our Dead And Living


















In Flanders Fields
By John McCrae

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.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.


On this day that we have set aside, to honor our fallen comrades, remember the sacrifices that were and are still being made today. Remember the soldier sitting in 120 degree weather, battling the generators, desperately trying to keep cool. Remember him/her as he/she lays in bed at night dreaming of their loved one's left behind. Remember them, as they are awakened in the middle of the night by the whistling of a round attacking them under the cover of darkness. Remember them, as they eat the same food, day in, day out. Remember them, as they weep for their fallen comrades. Remember them, for these are YOUR Sons and Daughters America.


They continue to sacrifice their freedom on a daily basis, so that you may sit here FREE.


I have made my stance on our presence in Iraq very clear in previous posts, but that does not for one minute mean that I do not stand behind our troops. But, I still believe drastic changes should be made there.


As our loved one's sit thousand of miles away, waiting for that day to come home, our voices are the ones that need to be heard here on the home front. OUR voices, crying for change, for time lines, goals, etc are the ones that should be ringing loud and clear across this land.


Where is your voice?


American Revolution (1775-1783)
Battle Deaths ..................................................4,435
Last Veteran, Daniel F. Bakeman, died 4/5/1869, age 109


War of 1812 (1812-1815)
Battle Deaths..................................................2,260
Last Veteran, Hiram Cronk, died 5/13/05, age 105


Indian Wars (approx. 1817-1898)
Battle Deaths...................................................1,000
Last Veteran, Fredrak Fraske, died 6/18/73, age 101


Mexican War (1846-1848)
Battle Deaths...................................................1,733
Last Veteran, Owen Thomas Edgar, died 9/3/29, age 98


Civil War (1861-1865)
Battle Deaths (Union)....................................140,414
Battle Deaths (Confederate).............................74,524
Last Union Veteran, Albert Woolson, died 8/2/56, age 109
Last Confederate Veteran, John Salling, died 3/16/58, age 112


Spanish-American War (1898-1902)
Battle Deaths......................................................385
Last veteran, Nathan E. Cook, died 9/10/92, age 106


World War I (1917-1918)
Battle Deaths.................................................53,402


World War II (1941-1945)
Battle Deaths................................................291,557


Korean War (1950-1953)
Battle Deaths.................................................33,741


Vietnam War (1964-1975)
Battle Deaths.................................................47,424


Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990-1991)
Battle Deaths......................................................147


Global War on Terror (as of Sept. 30, 2006)
Battle Deaths...................................................2,333

4 comments:

carissa said...

Wow...thats quite an extensive list. It's a damn shame.

Well, what better way to celebrate it than with an ephemeral flow of beer and southern comfort, mounds of groud beef and ballpark hot dogs?

Oh, and don't forget the game, quarters.

how sarcastic of me. ;)

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