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For Glory Lights The Soldier's Tomb

"Every year - in the full tide of spring, at the height of the symphony of flowers and love and life - there comes a pause, and through the silence we hear the lonely pipe of death. Year after year, lovers wandering under the apple trees and through the clover and deep grass are surprised with sudden tears as they see black veiled figures stealing through the morning to a soldier's grave. Year after year the comrades of the dead follow, with public honor, procession and commemorative flags and funeral march - honor and grief from us who stand almost alone, and have seen the best and noblest of our generation pass away.

 

But grief is not the end of all. I seem to hear the funeral march become a paean. I see beyond the forest the moving banners of a hidden column. Our dead brothers still live for us, and bid us think of life, not death - of life to which in their youth they lent the passion and joy of the spring. As I listen, the great chorus of life and joy begins again, and amid the awful orchestra of seen and unseen powers and destinies of good and evil, our trumpets sound once more a note of daring, hope, and will."

 

- Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (from "In Our Youth Our Hearts Were Touched With Fire," an address delivered for Memorial Day / May 30, 1884)

 

And another, 112 years later:

www.usmemorialday.org/speeches/other/memday1996.htm

 

The title of this picture is from a poem by Joseph Drake, and both are dedicated to my many aunts, uncles, and cousins who served in the military. Thank you for your sacrifice.

 

"And they who for their country die

shall fill an honored grave,

for glory lights the soldier's tomb,

and beauty weeps the brave."

 

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  • Mike McFarlane 10y

    It's sad the world we live in, the senseless destruction and chaos. But there is beauty all around - the beauty of spring, the beauty of the fallens sacrifice for something they believed in and for this we thank you, whichever side you fight on. Lovely photo - great concept.
  • btezra 10y

    ~a fine shot and verbiage~
  • Kevin Trotman PRO 10y

    To deborah lattimore: I for one, am thankful for the soldiers that freed people like these children.

    They seem to appreciate the fact that someone cared enough to free them from tyranny. I appreciate the fact that we are giving a country back to the people that live in it and they are no longer afraid of being killed by their own government.

    Thanks for posting this, Duane.
  • suzanne PRO 10y

    Beautifully done Duane.......
    Holmes words are just perfect.
  • saseki 10y

    peace!!!
  • gianluca chinnici 10y

    nice.
    i'we seen the movie too.

    °°
  • Art Ascii PRO 10y

    Thanks.
    I learn again from this community.
    In the UK we remember on 11th of November see
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poppy_day

    The poppy that grew on the battlefields being the symbol, Each year a paper version is sold by The British Legion by the surviving soldiers and there families.

    The Iraq issue is complicated and British involvement goes wayback to the early 1900's. Empire was a bit of a thing of ours. We did give most of it back tho'. It took us a long time.
  • Katya Horner PRO 10y

    A lovely photo and a wonderfully complementary choice of verse. Always a joy to stop by the stream. :)
  • Ben 10y

    Thanks for the moving photo DRP, definitely fitting. We have both appreciation and sadness for our soldiers.

    The sacrifices our soldiers have made have been made more onerous by our own actions and sometimes our failure to act in time as well, I think, but I too thank the families of the fallen and the living soldiers and their families for their sacrifices, especially the sacrifices for causes they didn't agree with.

    I pray for good will between men on all sides, only in that way will war cease; Until that time we will sometimes be forced to fight when unjust men threaten to harm the world. The decision of how to fight and when has always been a very thorny problem, I don't suppose that we have it right, even yet.
  • Christian Scholz PRO 10y

    Did I say "great shot"? Guess not but I should do so :-) Especially the sky is great and dramatic. Let's hope that reasons for such days will get less that many in the future.
  • Diego Ramirez 10y

    wonderfull image, the work with the colors is fantastic, so soft baut so pawerfull!!!

    is a fantastic work, full of feelings


    greetings


    Diego
  • Crfullmoon 10y

    I think I agree with BenODen's comment,
    also take stefanie's point;
    the military knows how to turn civilians into soldiers, but not how to turn soldiers into civilians on return.
    The US had shortages of beds and mental health care
    for their *existing* veterans, before Bush's war. Now we will lose more
    after their return, in the years to come.

    I can honor the military and their families,
    and also be concerned lest leaders misuse those lives in their power...

    "Only the dead have seen the end of war" ~Plato

    "I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought,
    but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." ~ Albert Einstein
  • Ben 10y

    Oh, good points Crfullmoon. Our country needs to get better at caring for its vetrans, and then the same people that love war aren't taking care of active military as well either. *sigh* Messy.
  • yawng 10y

    The irony of war. The colour drains away as reality sets in.
  • abolghasem(pouya) ghasemi 10y

    ohhhhhhhhh... my god
  • christopfer 10y

    God Bless America

    Here they go again,
    The Yanks in their armoured parade
    Chanting their ballads of joy
    As they gallop across the big world
    Praising America's God.

    The gutters are clogged with the dead
    The ones who couldn't join in
    The others refusing to sing
    The ones who are losing their voice
    The ones who've forgotten the tune.

    The riders have whips which cut.
    Your head rolls onto the sand
    Your head is a pool in the dirt
    Your head is a stain in the dust
    Your eyes have gone out and your nose
    Sniffs only the pong of the dead
    And all the dead air is alive
    With the smell of America's God.

    Harold Pinter January 2003
  • Peter Serko 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Hallowed Ground Project, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • hellslostangel1313 6y

    its good to see some people sill have respect for thoese who have fallen for us to be free
  • Franks Photos - Catching Up 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called TOUR OF DUTY, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • James Dickey SR 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Gardens of Stone , and we'd love to have this added to the group!
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