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Special Project | A Memorial Day Remembrance Reader

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Part 1: Honoring All Those Scarred by War
Cynthia Orange ponders Memorial Day and its far-reaching meaning.
Part 2: Memorial Day 2019
These are just samples of some of those I remember today.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Honoring All Those Scarred by War

Cynthia Orange ponders Memorial Day and its far-reaching meaning. Cynthia’s work stems from her own personal experience as the wife of a combat veteran.

Cynthia Orange, I Married the War

http://uziiw38pmyg1ai60732c4011.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/dropzone/2016/08/shutterstock_768877.jpg/ May 21, 2019 | History tells us that the two major events we observe in May—Memorial Day and Mothers’ Day—are both linked to the Civil War. In 1868, May 30 was originally called “Decoration Day,” a day to decorate the graves of soldiers who lost their lives in that bloodiest of our nation’s wars. And in 1870, five years after the Civil War ended, Julia Ward Howe conceived Mothers’ Day as a day in which mothers could come together and protest their sons killing other mothers’ sons. It seems our wise ancestors gleaned how important it is to acknowledge the inevitable grief, loss, and cries of women that burst forth in the wake of war. Any war.

Each Memorial Day, I am reminded of the famous lines from Archibald MacLeish’s poem, “The Young Dead Soldiers:”

The young dead soldiers do not speak. . . . They say: Our deaths are not ours; they are yours; they will mean what you make them. They say: Whether our lives and our deaths were for peace and a new hope or for nothing we cannot say; it is you who must say this. They say: We leave you our deaths. Give them their meaning. We were young, they say. We have died. Remember us.

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Part 2: Memorial Day 2019

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Dick Bernard <>, Thoughts Toward a Better World

May 27, 2019 | Saturday, friend David Thofern sent a brief note: “Here’s a link to a short (<20 min.) film on the human cost of World War II. It’s appropriate on Memorial Day to note that individual deaths often have profound impacts on us, especially when they are people we know and care about. But when deaths are counted in the millions we can’t get our heads around the concept.  This film by Neil Halloran tries to make sense of the numbers.”

This film is about 18 minutes.  I have watched it.  It is very powerful and thought-provoking about the human cost of war.  I encourage you to watch it in its entirety, and share it.
Dick Bernard is a moderate pragmatic Democrat who speaks from his heart in matters of family, justice and peace.

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