Re: Scouting's Loss
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@USSCOUTS.ORG)
Sat, 11 Jul 1998 01:52:36 -0400
When wonderful young men die tragically, we all feel a sense of loss. The
English poet Rupert Brooke who later was himself killed at Gallipoli in
World War I, penned these words which are used in Rememberance Day services
throughout the United Kingdom and which are appropriate here also:
"They grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun, and in the morning
We will remember them."
After the reading the words "We will remember them" are repeated by
everybody. (My thanks to David Wilson, SL, 1st Saintfield Scout Troop, Co.
Down, N. Ireland for the words to this poem)
Please, Jim, share with the families that we all share in the sense of loss
and that there will be many prayers for them for their losses.
The sad thing is that this is far from over. There is one young man still
alive and probably very frightened, scared, lonely, guilty, and confused.
This is going to be very, very hard for James because he did survive and was
driving. He may feel a deep sense of guilt along with loss and will need
much support to heal from this. I hope the family will understand that he
made need specialized help and counselling.
Michael F. Bowman --- Professor Beaver NE-CS-41
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit
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