Fallen Brothers and Veteran's Day
Ted Burton (tedbrtn@CYBERHIGHWAY.NET)
Sun, 10 Nov 1996 10:54:08 -0700
November 11, tommorrow as I write, today as you may read, we mark the
anniversary of Armistace Day in World War I, since modified to be Veteran's
Day in honor of all who have fought, some of whom died, some of whom maimed
in body or spirit, and some of whom come home intact. Fifty thousand of our
friends and comrades are named upon the Wall. They are but the more recent
fruit of a long series of bloody events from the 1600's to the present day,
in which young men and women of this Nation have been called upon to give
I look at my wife whom I married in 1972, our three children, our very
expectant daughter-in-law, all of which hung by the delicate thread of my
own survival and the survival of so many others before me and before her
from the beginning of time to now... How very fragile is our own existance,
my friends, and the existance of our children and grandchildren, even unto
the seventh generation.
Let us pray for the departed, and give thanks for our Liberty, and give
thanks to those who survived as well. We have a lot to be grateful for.
I wonder how many of those who have died were Scouts, and how many members
of the Order of the Arrow? I know in my heart that the very best of those
who died and lived were Scouts and Arrowmen.
Ken Burns in his monumental TV documentary on the Civil War dredged up
innumerable quotations. Two have struck me as very relevant to my own
experiences and may bring feelings in others as well:
"We have shared the incommunicable experience of war. We have felt, we
still feel the passion of life to its top... . In our youths, our hearts
were touched with fire."
-- Oliver Wendell Holmes (veteran of the Civil War, poet and author;
father of the Chief Justice of the United States)
"Future years will never know the seething hell and he black infernal
background, the countless minor scenes and interiors of the ... war; and it
is best they should not. The real war will never get in the books."
-- Walt Whitman (reporter and medical corpsman, poet and historian)
It is my earnest prayer that all the many Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts that I
now know and have in recent years known will never have to go to a real
war, let alone the kind that escapes the books. I know Baden-Powell felt
that if youth of all nations were Scouts, that war would become impossible.
Would that it would truly become so. Pray for meaningful peace as you have
never prayed before.
Thank you for listening.
I <<---<I---<<< I, Tukarica Lodge 266, Ch. Adviser, Hemene Ch.
Ore-Ida C 106, D. Eagle R., P 246 CM, T 246 MC "a good ol' Fox too..."
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