One American soldier killed in Iraq and eight were wounded in two separate incidents, making today "one of the most violent days for U.S. troops since the war ended last month." President Bush lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington Cemetery. He said: "The moral force of democracy is mightier than the will and cunning of any tyrant." I painted a bathroom this morning, then visited a few cemeteries on my motorcycle--as is my habit on Memorial Day--to pay my respects. I took my son John to the cemetery in Loudonville. In the meantime, Britain is considering sending troops to the Congo where there are currently about 750 ineffectual (and unarmed) UN troops. The violence and death is extraordinary. I am not even sure if this is a civil war. "According to aid groups, between 3.1 million and 4.7 million people have died as a direct result of the war, making it the world’s deadliest conflict since 1945." The above short article from the Daily Telegraph is not for the faint of heart.
Col. David Hackworth, the famous American war hero and soldiers advocate (widely-read and respected by our military personnel and veterans, Col. Hackworth has been decorated more times than any other American alive today) had earlier posted at his website a good story that was written right before the start of the recent war.
by Alfred A. Hambidge, Jr.
This is a very touching and very moving piece, which symbolizes the feelings of many of our veterans, and many of our fellow citizens, at a time like this. For today, it is especially appropriate.