On This Memorial Day 2010

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The Fallen of Afghanistan and Iraq

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National World War II Memorial



National Korean War Memorial



National Vietnam Veterans Memorial – The Wall



The Vietnam Women’s Memorial

Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemeteries

Black veterans say documentary gives them long-awaited recognition


30 May 2010 Film was screened at LBJ Library, shown on KLRU Austin.

When Vietnam veteran Horace Williams, a member of the Texas Buffalo Soldier Association and Company A at Camp Mabry, dons his uniform, he wears the Purple Heart he earned in combat over his heart so he doesn’t forget. Brig. Gen. Arnold Gordon-Bray recalls feeding hungry Iraqis on the same day he was ordered to knock down doors to search for insurgents. Betty Moseley Brown, a Marine Corps veteran and associate director of the Center for Women Veterans in Washington, remembers when women were known only for their military firsts.

These black veterans say Memorial Day is a bittersweet holiday for them because it largely ignores black military service through American history. This year, the release of an unprecedented four-hour documentary, “For Love of Liberty,” has helped change that.

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“No one has taken the opportunity or time to tackle this particular issue like Frank Martin,” Salter said. “There are lots of historians who just chose not to write about the African American military experience. But I think ‘For Love of Liberty’ is a film that is going to be enduring.” Continued

3 comments

    • jimstaro on May 31, 2010 at 5:54 pm
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    Remembering Military Suicides

    For some families, this Memorial Day will be especially hard. Their loved ones didn’t die the hero’s death. They were one of 160 soldiers last year who committed suicide, despite the military’s unprecedented effort to stem the tide. Continued

    • TMC on June 1, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Funeral Blues by W.H. Auden

    Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,

    Prevent the dog from barking with the juicy bone.

    Silence the pianos and, with muffled drum,

    Bring out the coffin. Let the mourners come.

    Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead

    Scribbling in the sky the message: “He is dead!”

    Put crepe bows around the white necks of the public doves.

    Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

    He was my north, my south, my east and west,

    My working week and Sunday rest,

    My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song.

    I thought that love would last forever; I was wrong.

    The stars are not wanted now; put out every one.

    Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun.

    Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.

    For nothing now can come to any good.

    Yes, every death is personal.

    h/t Hecate

    May the Goddess guide them on their journey to the Summerlands. May their Families, Friends and the World find Peace.

    Blessed Be.

  1. It’s all so heart-breaking, almost impossible to view all those sites!  

    I’m pretty much beside myself these days — I just can’t “get my head around” all this death and killing and killing and killing!

    P.S. I’ve noted your presence elsewhere — kudos to you!  jimstaro

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