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Veterans Day Message

November 11, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

He wasn’t twenty years old.  He hadn’t begun to live.  Shrieking and moaning, he gave up his life on a stretcher.

Back in America the standard of living continued to rise.  Back in America the race tracks were booming, the night clubs were making their greatest profits in history, Miami Beach was so crowded you couldn’t get a room anywhere.  Few people seemed to care.  Hell, this was a boom, this was prosperity, this was the way to fight a war.  We read of black-market restaurants, of a manufacturer’s plea for gradual reconversion to peacetime goods, beginning immediately,

and we wondered if the people would ever know what it cost the soldiers in terror, bloodshed, and hideous, agonizing deaths to win the war.

– Pvt. David Webster, E Co., 506th Reg., 101st Airborne

If we are mark’d to die, we are enow
To do our country loss; and if to live,
The fewer men, the greater share of honour.

That he which hath no stomach to this fight,
Let him depart; his passport shall be made,
And crowns for convoy put into his purse;
We would not die in that man’s company

He that outlives this day, and comes safe home,
Will stand a tip-toe when this day is nam’d,
And rouse him at the name of Crispian.
He that shall live this day, and see old age,
Will yearly on the vigil feast his neighbours,
And say “To-morrow is Saint Crispian.”
Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scars,
And say “These wounds I had on Crispian’s day.”

This story shall the good man teach his son;
And Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition;
And gentlemen in England now-a-bed
Shall think themselves accurs’d they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s day.

William Shakespeare from Henry V

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