Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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  Americans see these soldiers standing watch over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, but almost no one knows that each soldier must essentially join a Trappist Monastery for two full years. It is probably the...

2021 Annual Memorial Day Musical Tribute to those who Have Gone Before US

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I’ve published an annual Memorial Day tribute to our fallen for several years. I think military brass just doesn’t capture the solemnity of what Memorial Day stands for. So, this year I’ve added a more...

The Shotgun and Rewriting History

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From an old grizzled veteran (my age) named Mike, who contributed a lot of wisdom to our Veterans'Tales site for a few years: You're asleep when  you hear  a thump outside your  bedroom door. Half-awake, and nearly ...

Will there be any 9-11 Observances in 2041?

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I was born 169 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. I remember my first 4th of July celebration when I was 6, when my parents took me to...

Wealth, Privilege and Learning; The Law of Generations

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Pascal lamented about those who are Lost and don't know they are lost, because they are not seeking to be found. You can't forget or unlearn things you were never taught, and what we are...

Where is Matt? After a Decade’s Slide into Darkness (Revised)

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  Matt Harding was born in 1976, a Gen-Xer (1965-1980). That Generation is just as apt to cling to the old ways and standards of their parents (Baby Boomers, 1942-1964) as they are to become utterly nouveau, knowing little, if anything about the shoulders they...