For Glory Lights The Soldier's Tomb

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    "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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    1. McF_photo [deleted] 108 months ago | reply

      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.

    2. btezra [deleted] 108 months ago | reply

      ~a fine shot and verbiage~

    3. The Rocketeer 108 months ago | reply

      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.

    4. suzanne† 108 months ago | reply

      Beautifully done Duane.......
      Holmes words are just perfect.

    5. akinoproduzioni 108 months ago | reply

      nice.
      i'we seen the movie too.

      °°

    6. Art Ascii 108 months ago | reply

      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.

    7. slight clutter 108 months ago | reply

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

    8. BenODen 108 months ago | reply

      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.

    9. MrTopf 108 months ago | reply

      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.

    10. chomp 108 months ago | reply

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

      is a fantastic work, full of feelings

      greetings

      Diego

    11. Crfullmoon 108 months ago | reply

      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

    12. BenODen 108 months ago | reply

      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.

    13. yawng 108 months ago | reply

      The irony of war. The colour drains away as reality sets in.

    14. abolghasem ghasemi 108 months ago | reply

      ohhhhhhhhh... my god

    15. christopfer 104 months ago | reply

      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

    16. Peter Serko 76 months ago | reply

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

    17. hellslostangel1313 62 months ago | reply

      its good to see some people sill have respect for thoese who have fallen for us to be free

    18. Franks Photos - In Limbo 59 months ago | reply

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

    19. Proudnamvet 53 months ago | reply

      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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