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Memorial Day ... a day to remember

There are 46,551 brush strokes in the painting, each stroke represents one American soldier that did not come home from Vietnam.

Painted by Gary Morris, Lt Col USMC.       1,575 more words


Thoughts for May 25 from Fr Willie Doyle

Fr Doyle wrote these words in late May 1917, and they recount some of the events he experienced in the war around this time. Once again, his love for the soldiers, his care for both their spiritual and human needs and his basic good humour shine through. 427 more words


What to read on Memorial Day

I am not above admitting that I love a good barbecue on Memorial Day and for most Americans it signals the start of summer. There is something quintessentially American about gathering in the backyard or at a park, along with six-tons of picnic and barbecue equipment, food to feed 10x the number of people expected- no matter if it’s six or sixty, a combination that almost guarantees cleanup may take longer than the event itself. 1,078 more words

Big Ideas

The Hell-Gate of Soissons by Herbert Kaufman

“In the Year of our Lord 1314, patriots of Scotland – starving and outnumbered – charged the fields of Bannockburn. They fought like warrior poets; they fought like Scotsmen, and won their freedom.”

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Review: The Roosevelts

The Roosevelts:  An Intimate History by Geoffrey C. Ward and Ken Burns

Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.  Hardcover, 528 pages.

Written as the companion book to… 988 more words


William Henry Somers - A Young WWI Soldier's Story

My grandfather entered the Army at the young age of 23 years. He had been born in Tuckerman, Arkansas in 1894 and spent his childhood on the family farm in Stringtown, Butler County, Missouri. 293 more words

Family History