Day: May 27, 2013

Memorial Day: I had a simple impulse to cut into the earth

The Vietnam War Memorial, designed by Maya Lin when she was a 21-year-old senior at Yale University, sparked controversy when it opened in 1982, but in the 31 years since then, it has become a site of pilgrimage, and perhaps the cherished of all the monuments and memorials on the National Mall.

Memorial Day: Ike

Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have died fighting in our nation’s wars. It is also a time to reflect on where the United States has been and where it is heading. These speeches by President Dwight Eisenhower, perhaps the most significant U. S. military leader of the 20th century, are essential …

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Memorial Day: remembrance

For the Union Dead by Robert Lowell is a meditation on the memorial to Col. Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, who fought and died at Fort Wagner in South Carolina. The 54th was one of the first regiments composed entirely of African American soldiers. Below is an excerpt, but by …

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Memorial Day

O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.