Day: May 27, 2013

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 […]

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 […]

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.

Memorial Day: death in the sky

The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner By Randall Jarrell From my mother’s sleep I fell into the State, And I hunched in its belly till my wet fur froze. Six miles from earth, loosed from its dream of life, I woke to black flak and the nightmare fighters. When I died they washed me […]