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It has been said
That heroism is the
brilliant triumph of the soul
over the flesh*
When we celebrate
Or, Remembrance Day
What we usually remember
Though, is not the heroism
But the loss
The loss of family,
in-battle -- all loved ones
Dearly loved, dearly missed
To have our loved ones back
Is all that's really wanted!
Some of you may have noticed that the past few postings have been about war and battle and such, leading up to today's posting of Memorial Day. I hope that you will take some time, this Memorial Day weekend, to remember the original purpose behind this time and give a nod, however briefly, to our men and women in our military services and to all our veterans out there.
Please see the Forum discussion on "heroism".
*Henri Frederic Amiel: (27 September 1821 -- 11 May 1881) was a Swiss philosopher, poet and critic.