"As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; / [ . . . ] Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: / Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; / Selves -- goes itself; 'myself' it speaks and spells, / Crying 'What I do is me; for that I came'." --Gerard Manley Hopkins

24 May 2009

Memorial Day

I've been trying to come up with something profoundly appropriate to write about Memorial Day. There's a long tradition of military service in my family, and I lost an uncle I never met in WWII. But words have failed me all day, and just recently I found this at NRO that says it better than I ever could have:
"This Memorial Day . . ." by Peter Hegseth. Please read!

We will also be watching the National Memorial Day Concert on PBS, in just under an hour from now (8:00 Eastern). I believe it is showing again at other times. Emceed by Gary Sinese and Joe Mantegna, the Concert is in its 20th year of honoring our fallen soldiers and sailors, as well as our veterans and those serving today.


eutychus said...

Nothing profound, or as good as the NRO article but, if I may be so bold, you might enjoy this meager offering...

btw- I am starting my formal reading list (as opposed to the many informal ones I have going) based on yours you posted a few days ago. I am searching high and low for "Ancestral Shadows"
Much obliged.

alaiyo said...

Thanks for sharing; I left a comment at your weblog. I bought _Ancestral Shadows_ at amazon.com; it seems it wasn't especially expensive.

And I'm always glad to oblige with book ideas! :)

May I ask if you comment at MC, and if so, what name you use? We seem to have a great deal in common, from what I see in your profile!

If you are on facebook, search for Beth Impson, Dayton. Send a message identifying yourself, though, because otherwise I tend to ignore requests!


eutychus said...

It is rare when I can muster the courage to comment at MC. :-) Mostly I sit on the sidelines in awe (and I must confess, a good deal of jealosy) of the others who write and comment. I have ventured a comment or two under "dj" and in the last year (since I started the blog) "eutychus."

Amazon is where I'll be picking up my copy of the book(s) no doubt, and very soon.

I have not ventured into the wide world of facebook, yet. Its really quite amazing that I have a blog and can manage comments etc. Who'd of thunk it? Facebook may be stetching my (and those of my computer) abilities. But should I venture out, I will most certainly let you know.

Thanks for visiting. I am pleased that you enjoyed the post.