Friday, November 10, 2006

Veterans Day 2006: Band of Brothers

Whoever lives past today and comes
home safely will rouse himself every
year on this day, show his neighbor his
scars, and tell embellished stories of all
their great feats of battle.
These stories will teach his son and
from this day until the end of the world,
we shall be remembered.
We few, we happy few, we band of
brothers; for whoever has shed his blood
with me shall be my brother.
And those men afraid to go will think
themselves lesser men as they hear of
how we fought and died together.

—William Shakespeare

This passage by Shakespeare is the introduction to an early 2007 Southfarm Press book, Forgotten Army: The Abandonment of American Revolutionary War Soldiers by Dudley C. Gould (ISBN: 978-0-913337-64-6). Events reported in the book are the same as what was experienced by veterans of the Vietnam War. Nothing seems to change. Look for the book on early next year.

Honor our veterans today and tomorrow. Hang your flag. Go to a Veterans' Cemetery. Work to bring our troops home from Iraq. Stay away from veterans' Day sales.--Walter Haan,


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