Memorializing Memorial Day

C U TUESDAY

Wikipedia defines Memorial Day as follows: Memorial Day is a US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces are remembered.[1] The holiday, which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of May,[2] was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil … [Read more...]

War’s Never-Ending Aftermath

Dennis stares out window

In 1970, British documentary film maker, Michael Grigsby made one of the first films to examine the impact of war on American soldiers recently returned from brutal jungle combat in Vietnam. Entitled I Was a Soldier, the film focuses on Dennis, David and Lamar in their attempts to readjust to “normal” life after a year of combat in bloody Vietnam upon returning home in the barren and desolate Texan hill country near … [Read more...]

2 Poetic Remembrances of 911

1. September 11, 2013, Twelve Years After Twelve, a most significant number Twelve Jacobian elliptic functions and twelve cubic distance-transitive graphs Twelve items in a dozen and a dozen dozens in a gross Twelve cranial nerves in the human body Twelve hours in the a.m. and twelve in the p.m. Twelve days of Christmas and twelve months in a year Twelve signs in both the Western and Chinese … [Read more...]

Another 4th of July In AmeriKa

FireworksOverFlag

         And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,  Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there: Oh, say! does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?                                                           Francis Scott Key It’s several mornings after the 4th of July holiday, which … [Read more...]

Summer Holidays: The Heart of Darkness Revisited

CPT Walker

For the average citizen, Memorial Day and July 4th are associated with sales at box stores and family picnics. I had intended to go to the Wall on Memorial Day to read poetry with other veterans, as I have done several years previously. But when I learned that Rolling Thunder was planning a 25th Anniversary ride throughout Washington to include the Wall, I changed my mind. Being in the presence of thousands of … [Read more...]

Lockdown In AmeriKa? You Betcha!

ChildrenOfMen

Perhaps the most chilling movie I’ve seen during the past decade -- while the American led, once-termed “Global War on Terror” rages on and on and on, ever-expanding both overseas as well as within the Homeland -- was the 2006 movie Children of Men. Its Mexican director, Alfonso Cuaron, has described his dystopian film as the “anti-Blade Runner".  The 1982 Ridley Scott directed film, Blade Runner, likewise … [Read more...]