Thousands of Stars
If you are
able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance as
you are leaving for the places they can no longer go. Be not ashamed to
say you loved them, though you may not have always. Take what they left
and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with you
In that time
when men decide and feel safe to call the war insane, take one moment to
embrace those gentle heroes you left behind. Remember what they sacrificed
and how proud and brave they were.
few lines from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet": "When he
shall die, take him and cut him into little stars, and he shall make the
face of' heaven so fine that all the world will fall in love with the
night, and pay no worship to the garish sun."
History is a
story of the past, and all we have of the past are reflections and
memories - of a time in our youth when innocence was taken from us and
replaced with hours of boredom and minutes of intense terror and horror
called war. Of death and destruction unknown to any of us before.
So think of
those who have paid the ultimate price, who they were and what they were,
for you may never feel that kind of friendship again. We sacrificed dearly
for our involvement in Vietnam. I hope the lessons learned will not be
forgotten, and their gifts of life to that cause were not given in vain.
Memorial Day reflect back and look at the stars at night while attending
the parades, parties, and get-togethers that now symbolize "this
MIKE BLUM SR.
(The above was presented through the
gracious courtesy of Bernadine Ginter and forwarded by Martin Markley.)
As reprinted from, “The Buffalo News”.
©Copyright 2002, OP Harry Survivors Association. All rights reserved