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Wednesday, October 17 2018 @ 05:15 am PDT

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Proper remembrance

Normandy Beach Faces New Invasion: Wind Turbines

Although my family served in North Africa and the Pacific, I'm very aware of the sensitivity of this issue. And I hope that the Normandy veterans will continue to speak up, because their voices should eclipse mine. But I would like to cautiously offer another point of view.

Over the years we've often discussed the need to balance remembrance with living our lives fully. One of the few things that has helped me after the chopper crash is the knowledge that these warriors would never want us to spend the rest of our lives staring at the walls in their name. No, they'd never want to be forgotten, but they didn't die for a burial ground. They died so that we could live our lives in freedom, making new discoveries and breathing new life into the land destroyed by war.

The young dead soldiers do not speak.
Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses:
who has not heard them?
They have a silence that speaks for them at night
and when the clock counts.
They say: We were young. We have died.
Remember us.
They say: We have done what we could
but until it is finished it is not done.
They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished
no one can know what our lives gave.
They say: Our deaths are not ours: they are yours,
they will mean what you make them.
They say: Whether our lives and our deaths were for
peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say,
it is you who must say this.
We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning.
We were young, they say. We have died; remember us.
-Archibald MacLeish

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Pandora's Movie

Homeland Security Chair Seeks Probe Into Administration-Sanctioned Bin Laden Movie

I understand this scenario better than some, simply because I've liaised with a major government agency while writing a novel. It's a security tightrope when a writer wants to portray something realistically. In the hands of someone who cares about security, it's usually possible to have a novel or screenplay which is largely truthful yet still protects the real people who do the job.

In the hands of the average anti-military Hollywood producer, or someone seeking reelection, there's trouble. Bad trouble.

I'd recommend paying attention to the results of the investigation. Most of us probably have a suspicion about what it will uncover, but we need the public outrage to push this monster back into its cage. If Hollywood already has the details, it may be too late. But we need to try.

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Operators down...

31 Americans, 7 Afghans Killed in Helicopter Crash

Please, please pray for their families and the rest of the SOC community.

Memory Eternal

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Jumping for a Purpose

Wounded Warrior Skydiving Fundraiser

"The goal of the event is to raise $10,000 dollars for 501 (c) 3 charities that support Wounded Warriors and their families. TroopSwap is looking for businesses and individuals to sponsor each of the thirty Wounded Warriors ($249 per jumper) and to provide in-kind services for the event. Event sponsors are wanted in order to reach the $10,000 dollar goal. Interested parties may contact sponsor(at)troopswap(dot)com for more information."

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Murder of a Marine?

I'm still catching up online and so I didn't see this until now. I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions but this is highly concerning:

Murder of a Marine?

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Capitol Ceremony for WWI Vet Blocked in Congress

Maybe someone here can help me get my head around this. It could be that there are family factors or any number of unknown issues playing into this. Maybe the decision is because being the "last" isn't a noteworthy aspect of an individual.

But if that's the case, does it really matter? I think of all the time our country wastes on celebrities who could never be called honorable. And if you want to quibble about him lying about his age, I'll point to the wall at the Portland VA that specifically honors underage veterans.

As a nation, we need to remember. The loss of our WWI veterans, and soon our WWII veterans, changes America. While they often didn't understand what was happening to the country they fought to protect, they were our backbone and some of our finest history. The death of the last WWI veteran is a loss to us all.

I'd like to see this taken one step further. Our legislators should also honor MOH recipients in the Capitol whenever possible. We need them in our national consciousness. We need their centering memory in our lives.

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Veterans Day 2009

To all who have served or serve now... Thank you. We owe you our freedoms, our lives, our joys, our national honor.